TAIPEI (Reuters) – The pinnacle of China’s Taiwan Affairs Workplace on Tuesday known as on Taiwan’s individuals to advertise the method of “peaceable reunification”, saying it was the widespread need of individuals on each side of the Taiwan Strait.

Tune Tao’s message, which comes lower than two week’s earlier than Taiwan holds presidential and parliamentary elections on Jan. 13, follows President Xi Jinping’s remarks in his New 12 months Eve’s handle that China’s “reunification” with Taiwan was inevitable.

“The motherland will ultimately be reunified, and it’ll inevitably be reunified,” Tune stated in his New 12 months’s message on his workplace’s web site.

That is the widespread need and customary mission of individuals on each side of the Taiwan Strait, Tune added.

Taiwan’s individuals ought to “promote cross-strait relations to return to the precise monitor of peaceable growth, and promote the method of peaceable reunification of the motherland”, he stated.

Taiwan’s authorities rejects China’s sovereignty claims. Each the ruling Democratic Progressive Social gathering and largest opposition social gathering, the Kuomintang, say solely Taiwan’s individuals can resolve their future.

China has provided Taiwan a “one nation, two programs” mannequin of autonomy, however no mainstream Taiwanese social gathering helps that concept.

Tune reiterated China’s assist for “one nation, two programs” and opposition to Taiwan’s formal independence or “interference by exterior forces”.

His message made no point out of the election, which the Taiwan Affairs Workplace has forged as a selection between conflict and peace.

China has continued navy stress across the island, ended some tariff cuts for Taiwan and threatened additional financial measures because the vote has neared.

(Reporting by Beijing newsroom; Writing by Ben Blanchard in Taipei and Albee Zhang in Beijing; Modifying by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Gerry Doyle)

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