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Clinton to Meet Taiwan's President


Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will meet Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian as part of an ongoing Asian tour.

A Taiwanese foreign ministry spokesman told the Reuters news agency Mr. Clinton will deliver a speech on democracy and security after arriving in Taipei Sunday, following stops in South Korea and Japan, then have dinner with Mr. Chen.

The visit is likely to anger Beijing, which views Taiwan as a renegade province of China and objects to any participation by the island in international affairs.

Mr. Clinton visited Beijing earlier this week, where he praised efforts to combat the deadly AIDS virus, and pledged his foundation would donate drugs and offer training to doctors.

During visits to China as president, Mr. Clinton reiterated the U.S. policy of recognizing Beijing as China's sole government.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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