Former President Bill Clinton is in Taiwan to promote his book and meet pro-independence President Chen Shui-bian, despite opposition from Beijing.

Mr. Clinton arrived at Taipei's Sungshan airport (from Japan) this (Sunday) evening and was driven directly to Taipei's International Convention Center to give a speech. He also planned to have dinner with President Chen.

The United States has no official diplomatic ties with Taiwan, and abides by a "one-China" policy that recognizes Beijing as China's sole government.

Mr. Clinton told a Hong Kong newspaper in an interview that he stands by the policy.

The former U.S. president traveled to China, Japan and Taiwan after touring areas in southern Asia ravaged by the December 26th tsunami. He has been promoting his best-selling book, "My Life."