China urges int'l community to adhere to one-China principle

Updated: 2016-01-17 04:38


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BEIJING-- The foreign ministry on Saturday urged the international community to continue to abide by the one-China principle after the Taiwan leadership election.

"We hope and believe that the international community will adhere to the one-China principle, oppose 'Taiwan independence' in any form and support peaceful development of cross-Straits relations through concrete actions," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said in response to questions on Taiwan-related diplomatic situation in the future.

Tsai Ing-wen, candidate of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), won Taiwan's leadership election on Saturday, according to the final result of ballot counting released by the island's election commission.

Hong said the leading officials of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council have already released a statement on the result.

The Taiwan question falls in China's internal affairs, said Hong. There is only one China in the world, and both the mainland and Taiwan belong to one China, he said, adding that China's sovereignty and territorial integrity brook no division.

The result of Taiwan leadership election will not change the basic fact or the consensus of the international community, the spokesperson said.

The Chinese government sticks to the one-China principle, opposes "Taiwan independence", "two Chinas", "one China, one Taiwan," he said, adding that this stance remains unchanged and will not change no matter what happens in Taiwan.

On the key issue of safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity, the Chinese government is rock-firm and will never tolerate any secessionist activity of "Taiwan independence", Hong said.