According to China’s State Council Taiwan Affairs Office Spokesperson Chen Binhua, “it aims to return the Cross-Strait relations to peaceful development and safeguard peace and stability in the region.”
Chen’s remarks came after recent statements by two presidential candidates for Taiwan’s 2024 election.
Belonging to the Kuomintang (KMT) and the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP), both candidates support exchanges and cooperation with Beijing based on equality, dignity, and friendship.
Since coming to power, Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has intensified its separatist discourse and deepened its ties with historical allies such as the United States.
Taiwan is separated from mainland China by about 75 miles (120 kilometers) wide. The two sides started their dispute in 1949 when Chiang Kai-shek retreated to the island of Taiwan after being defeated by the Communist Party of China, and Mao Zedong proclaimed the People’s Republic of China.
For the Chinese Government, Taiwan is an inalienable part of China. Both mainland China and Taiwan belong to one China.