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Thousands in Taiwan March Against China's Anti-Secession Law

Thousands of protesters have marched in southern Taiwan against a planned Chinese law meant to prevent the island from declaring independence.

Former President Lee Teng-hui, of the Taiwan Solidarity Union party that organized the march, told participants in Kaohsiung City Sunday that Taiwan is part of the world, but not part of China.

Current Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian did not appear at the rally.

China's National People's Congress is expected to pass the anti-secession law this week. Those opposing the measure say it could set the stage for military action by Beijing, which has threatened to use force if Taiwan declares independence.

Earlier Sunday, China warned that increasing U.S.- Japan military cooperation should be strictly bilateral and not include Taiwan.

Some information provided by AFP and AP.