Taiwan can’t resist historic trend towards unification, says head of Chinese cross-strait group

Zhang Zhijun, head of the semi-official Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait, says mainland’s growing strength means it will achieve its goal

South China Morning Post
Date: 14 Mar, 2019 
By: Kristin Huang

Soldiers hoist Taiwan’s national flag at the Liberty Square in Taipei, Taiwan, on Wednesday. Beiijng regards Taiwan as a breakaway province that must be reunited with the mainland. Photo: EPA-EFE

Any effort by Taiwan to resist the “historic trend” towards unification is doomed to failure since Beijing is in a much stronger position to realise its goals, the head of a semi-official Chinese body to handle relations with the island said on Wednesday.

Zhang Zhijun, the president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait, told reporters at the annual legislative session in Beijing that reunification was inevitable as China becomes stronger.

“The Taiwan issue happened because of the degeneration of the Chinese nation,” Zhang, the former director of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said.

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