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Beijing highlights Taiwan's legal status as part of China

Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning stressed that the results of the elections in the region would not change the general consensus of the global community on adherence to the One China principle.

“80 years ago, China, the United States and Britain issued the Cairo Declaration, which clearly stated that Taiwan, the Chinese territory stolen by Japan, would be returned to China,” he added.

On the other hand, Mao stated that Article 8 of the Potsdam Proclamation, signed jointly by Beijing, Washington, London and the Soviet Union in 1945, reaffirmed these provisions and forced Japan to surrender unconditionally.

“This series of documents with international legal effect has laid the historical and legal foundations that Taiwan is an inalienable territory of China,” the spokesman said.

Although the two sides of the strait have not yet been reunited, the spokesman said, China's sovereignty and Taiwan's legal status as part of the Asian giant have never changed.

The island's leadership election ended last Saturday with a victory for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party's (PDP) candidate, Lai Ching-te, a separatist defender of the island's independence.

Lai received 40 percent of the vote, while the Kuomintang Party, which is more open to dialogue with Beijing, finished with 33.49 percent, according to figures on the Taiwan Central Election Commission website.

On the other hand, of the 113 seats in parliament, the Chinese Kuomintang won 52, the Democratic Progressive Party won 51, the Taiwan People's Party won eight, and those not affiliated with any of these political organizations won two.