US officials have briefed Taiwan's representative office in Washington on their recent talks with a senior Chinese official in charge of Taiwan affairs, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said yesterday.
\nChen Yunlin (陳雲林), director of the Taiwan Affairs Office of China's State Council, visited the US last week. His visit came amid reports that China's rubber-stamp legislature -- the National People's Congress -- will pass an anti-secession law in March.
\nAs the proposed legislation will create a legal pretext for Beijing to use military force to unify with Taiwan, Chen's visit was believed to be aimed at dissuading the Bush administration from opposing the so-called anti-secession law.
\nThe foreign affairs ministry official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the government has come to know the content of Chen's talks with US authorities through Taiwan's representative office in Washington.
\nMeanwhile, ministry spokesman Michel Lu (
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