A new flag for a new Taiwan

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The 1996 "New Name, New Flag, New Anthem" campaign

During the past years, Taiwan has been gradually evolving into a new country. The clearest signs yet came when the democratic opposition initiated its "New Name, New Flag, New Anthem" campaign.

The debate on a new name has been going on for a long time. The ruling Kuomintang has been hanging on to its last threads of linkage with mainland China by clinging to the anachronistic "Republic of China" name, while the democratic opposition has pushed for a clear break with the muddy Chinese past, and has proposed that Taiwan be presented at home and abroad as a new and democratic entity, with the name "Taiwan."

To this debate the democratic opposition has now added the elements which are generally viewed as the symbols of a national identity: a new flag and a new anthem: the flag depicted here was selected after a wide competition in which 187 different flags were entered.

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Last modified 2 September 1996