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Taiwanese to protest China 'anti-secession' law

[JURIST] Thousands in Taiwan are expected to protest China's proposed anti-secession law [JURIST report] in demonstrations Sunday. The proposed legislation authorizes China to take military action if Taiwan declares formal independence from the mainland. In Saturday's the opening spring session [Xinhua report] of China's parliament, the National People's Congress [official Third Session website in English], Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao [BBC profile] re-emphasized the importance of the legislation and the reunification issue. Taiwan has been the seat of China's Nationalist government since its 1949 defeat by mainland Communist forces led by Mao Tse Tung. Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian has threatened to enact an "anti-annexation" law and hold a referendum [JURIST report] if the mainland anti-secession bill passes. A vote on the bill is expected within a week. VOA has more.

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