President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday, adding that the island’s reunification with the mainland is inevitable.
Xi’s comments were part of a speech to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, at a symposium marking the 130th birthday of Mao Zedong, according to Xinhua news agency.
“We will resolutely prevent anyone from making Taiwan secede from China by any means,” Xi was quoted as saying.
Xi also described the “complete reunification” of China as “an inevitable trend”; both in the national interest and the desire of the people. He called for efforts to “promote the peaceful development” of relations with the island and further integrated development “in all fields.”