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Saturday, March 05, 2005

China Vows to Block Taiwan Independence as It Prepares to Enact Anti-Secession Law

Tampa Bay Online - AP: China Vows to Block Taiwan Independence as It Prepares to Enact Anti-Secession Law


BEIJING (AP) - Premier Wen Jiabao vowed Saturday never to permit formal independence for Taiwan as he opened a session of China's figurehead parliament that is to enact an anti-secession law aimed at the self-ruled island.

In a nationally televised speech, Wen also said China is aiming for 8 percent economic growth this year as it tries to slow a surging expansion that leaders worry could spark financial problems.

Wen gave no details of the anti-secession law, which Taiwanese leaders say could set the stage for a military attack. Beijing claims Taiwan, which split from China in 1949, as part of its territory.

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