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Chinese Minister for Taiwan Affairs Meets With US Deputy Secretary of State

China's minister for Taiwan affairs is in Washington for talks with U.S. officials.

A U. S. State Department spokesman says Chen Yunlin met Wednesday with Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.

Both officials discussed a variety of issues between China and Taiwan, including China's proposed anti-secession law.

China says the sole purpose of the legislation, to be considered by its parliament in March, is to contain Taiwan's separatist forces and promote peace and stability in the region. Taiwan says the measure is aimed at suppressing the island.

The two sides have been ruled separately since the end of civil war in 1949.

The United States switched its diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979, but Washington remains Taiwan's top arms supplier.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.