Taiwan residents urged to make right choice between peace, war

China Daily
Chen Zhuo
2024-01-04 16:36:53

By Zhang Yi

The Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taipei, Southeast China's Taiwan. [Photo/Xinhua]

A senior official from the Chinese mainland called on people in Taiwan to make the right choice in the upcoming Taiwan leadership election, saying it is an important choice between "peace and war "and "prosperity and recession".

Zhang Zhijun, president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, a quasi-official body that handles ties with Taiwan, made the remarks in a New Year's message published in the first issue this year of Relations Across Taiwan Strait magazine on Wednesday.

Zhang said that Taiwan compatriots should stand on the right side of history, adhere to the one-China principle and the 1992 Consensus, firmly oppose separatist activities that support "Taiwan independence" and interference by external forces, and make a correct choice to bring cross-Strait relations back to the right track of peaceful development.

He said although there may be difficulties and challenges on the new journey, the mainland has the confidence and resilience to cope with risks and challenges in the advancement of cross-Strait relations.

Regardless of how the international situation changes, the mainland will not waver in its determination to promote peaceful and integrated development across the Strait, and to enhance exchanges and cooperation for the benefit of compatriots, he said.

The mainland's commitment to upholding the one-China principle, and opposing "Taiwan independence" and external interference will never change, he added.

This year, the association will work with Taiwan compatriots to contribute to promoting the peaceful and integrated development of cross-Strait relations and the cause of national reunification, Zhang said.

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