MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The warning came a day after mainland and Taiwanese officials officially contacted each other via a newly established hotline, and a month after the first meeting between the two countries’ leaders since 1949.
"Looking to 2016, the Taiwan Strait situation appears [headed toward] complicated changes, cross-strait relations are facing new challenges," Zhang Zhijun said.
Zhang expressed hope that their relations would continue along the "road of peaceful development" and progress achieved in 2015.
"Compatriots on both sides [must] be highly vigilant and work together to oppose ‘Taiwanese independence’ and undermine peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait," he underscored.
Opinion polls project liberal Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Tsai Ing-wen will unseat the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (Kuomintang) Ma Ying-jeou, after seven years in power. The DPP is associated with promoting Taiwanese independence.
China does not recognize Taiwan as an independent entity, citing the one-China principle agreed to in a provisional 1992 consensus.