In the complex landscape of cross-strait relations, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is urging the Taiwanese people to consider their choice of presidential candidates carefully. The CCP emphasizes the importance of reconnecting with mainland China and voting “on the right side of history.” As Taiwan prepares to elect its next leader on January 13, Song Tao, the head of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, stresses the need to consider the bigger picture and the future of China-Taiwan relations.
According to Song, Taiwanese compatriots should shoulder significant responsibilities and follow the right path, firmly standing on the right side of history. He encourages promoting peaceful development and advancing the process towards the peaceful reunification of the motherland.
Opinion polls indicate that Lai Ching-te, the nominee of Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party, is currently the frontrunner for the presidential seat. The Kuomintang, Taiwan’s main opposition party, traditionally supports close ties with mainland China and is willing to reopen talks if it wins the election. However, the party acknowledges that Taiwan’s people will ultimately decide their future.
It is worth noting that Beijing actively supports patriotic and reunification forces within Taiwan while opposing any notions of Taiwan independence or external interference. The Chinese government’s recent military activities near Taiwan, including the deployment of J-10, J-11, and J-16 fighters and early warning aircraft, have raised concerns. Taiwan’s defense ministry has detected these activities, with ten aircraft crossing the Taiwan Strait median line or areas nearby. These actions reportedly comprise joint combat readiness patrols in collaboration with Chinese warships.
China’s territorial claim over Taiwan remains a contentious issue. While Beijing views Taiwan as its territory, the United States maintains a “strategic ambiguity” policy regarding the matter. This approach ensures regional stability without explicitly endorsing or rejecting either side’s claims.
As Taiwan approaches this critical juncture in its political landscape, the decision made by its people will shape the future of cross-strait relations. The island nation must carefully consider its options and navigate the complex dynamics.
The quest for a peaceful future, respectful of both Taiwan’s sovereignty and China’s aspirations, requires a delicate balance. It is a choice that will influence the course of history and determine the path toward a harmonious coexistence between two nations with deep historical and cultural ties.