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Taiwan to study change of national emblem

Ministry of Interior will complete report within two months

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The KMT symbol (left) and the national emblem look too similar, says the NPP (Facebook, Karen Huang photo) 

The KMT symbol (left) and the national emblem look too similar, says the NPP (Facebook, Karen Huang photo) 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Legislative Yuan on Friday (Jan. 29) approved a motion to spend the next two months studying a way to solve the issue of similarities between the emblems of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) and the nation.

The Ministry of Interior said it respected the motion from the small New Power Party (NPP) and would produce a report on the matter within two months, CNA reported. The KMT symbol is a white sun on a blue background, while a similar design with a smaller sun features on state-related emblems, such as the national flag and the logos of various government services, such as the armed forces.

The NPP motion said the emblem could not represent Taiwan and its people’s values, so the government should study the possibility of changing it to a more representative symbol.

Regulations were followed according to a law governing the national flag and the emblem, with previous attempts at changes faltering, the Ministry of Interior pointed out. Politicians from smaller parties have said the similarity between the national and the KMT emblems is a public reminder of the era of one-party rule, while calling on the opposition party to change its symbol.


Updated : 2021-04-23 21:29 GMT+08:00