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China rejects US call to reconsider anti-secession law

[JURIST] A Chinese Foreign Ministry [official website, English version] spokesman Thursday rejected a US call for China to "reconsider" its proposed anti-secession law allowing for "non-peaceful" reunification of the country as a last resort, labeling Washington's comments "irresponsible" and warning the US not to help any efforts by Taiwan to assert its independence. The new law is expected to be approved by the National People's Congress next Monday. VOA has more. Meanwhile, Taiwan's pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party [political party website in Chinese] has called a mass protest against the law in Taipei on March 26, which its leader say should draw some 500,000 people to the capital. Reuters has more on the planned protest.

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