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China urges Taiwan to oppose pro-independence forces in presidential election

In the last minutes before Taiwan’s presidential elections, China urged Taiwanese voters to stand on the right side of history by rejecting pro-independence forces on the island and supporting peaceful reunification, news agency PTI reported. In his New Year message to the Taiwanese people, China’s premier on Taiwan Song Tao said China opposes “Taiwan independence”, safeguards peace, expand exchanges, strengthen cooperation deepen integration and advance reunification to ensure cross-Strait. Relationships should proceed peacefully.

China considers the breakaway island of Taiwan, which remains a democracy unlike the rule of China’s one-party Communist Party, as part of the mainland.

Song, who heads the Taiwan Affairs Office of the Communist Party of China and the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, or Cabinet of China, also urged Taiwanese to stand on the right side of history, return cross-Strait relations to a peaceful path, and process Urged to take it forward. Peaceful reunification of China.

China is keeping a close eye on Taiwan’s presidential election, as the isolated island’s 19 million people are set to elect a new leader on Jan. 13 to replace pro-independence Tsai Ing-wen, who is serving her two terms. During this period, she stood firmly against China eight times. Year.

She is about to step down after two terms.

China labels him and his ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as separatists, while indirectly supporting the pro-Beijing Kuomintang (KMT), which promotes closer ties with the mainland.

Currently three people are in the race.

Vice President William Lai Chiang-tey represented the DPP. Hou Yup-ih of the KMT and Ko Wen-je of the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) ran against him.

According to pre-election surveys, Lai is in the lead, with Hou in second and Ko in third.

According to the study, 82.7 percent of Taiwanese believe that the threat from China has increased in recent years.

Since President Xi Jinping took office in 2012, China has stepped up its efforts to “reunify” Taiwan by firmly implementing its One China policy, which it considers a top military and diplomatic priority.

Beijing has increased military pressure on Taiwan in recent years, with significant air and naval deployments across the Taiwan Strait that divides the two, raising concerns around the world about a future invasion.

In his New Year’s statement on Sunday, Xi said China will undoubtedly be reunified, and Chinese on both sides of the Taiwan Strait should be united by a common goal and participate in the glory of the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

Tsai responded to Xi’s comments by emphasizing that democracy is the most essential concept in dealing with China.

“This requires the united will of the Taiwanese people to make decisions. After all, we are a democratic country,” he told media in Taipei on Monday.

Tsai, Taiwan’s first female president, said China should accept Taiwan’s election decision and that both sides have a duty to keep the strait peaceful and stable.

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