China said Saturday the results of Taiwan's presidential election, in which Lai Cheng-te of the ruling, independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party clinched victory, will not stop "the inevitable trend" of the unification between the mainland and the self-ruled island.

"Our stance on resolving the Taiwan question and realizing national reunification remains consistent, and our determination is as firm as rock," Chen Binhua, a spokesman for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, said in a statement carried by the official Xinhua News Agency.

Supporters of the Democratic Progressive Party's Lai Ching-te celebrate his win in the Taiwan presidential election in Taipei on Jan. 13, 2024. (Kyodo)

In Taiwan's legislative election held on the same day, the DPP failed to maintain a majority. Chen said the polls revealed that the party cannot represent the mainstream public opinion on the island.

He stressed Beijing's firm opposition to the separatist activities aimed at "Taiwan independence" as well as foreign interference. China has slammed Lai as an independence advocate and a "troublemaker."

Chen also said the mainland will work with Taiwan to boost cross-strait exchanges and cooperation and advance the peaceful development of relations. The two sides have been governed separately since they split in 1949 due to a civil war.

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