An online public petition in Taiwan calling for the flying of the Chinese flag to be banned has received more than 7,000 signatures, easily passing the threshold needed for the petition to receive a response from government officials.
The petition, which was created last month, requests that a new law be enacted which would ban “hanging, exhibiting and displaying China’s Five-star Red Flag in public.” As justification for this ban, the petition’s authors cite China’s military threats towards Taiwan and its refusal to recognize the self-ruling island as an independent country.
Taiwan News has a full translation of the petition:
Taiwan and China have always had hostile relations and China has never recognized and accepted that Taiwan is sovereign independent country. It has never given up on various ways to divide and split Taiwan. It has the sole goal of unification with Taiwan has had to bear the brunt of endless threats of military action, but there has been very little in the way of positive action. Over the past 10 years China activities in Taiwan have increased and its Five-star Red Flag has become a more and more common sight in various places in Taiwan. The emergence of the Five-star Red Flag throughout Taiwan has desensitized Taiwanese people to the threat, and thus has had the effect of helping China take a step forward toward unification. Therefore, it is proposed that a provision banning the hanging, exhibiting, and displaying China’s Five-star Red Flag in public be added to the criminal law prohibiting the stoking of divisions and civil strife in the country.
The petition was one of three that passed the 5,000-signature in 60 days threshold on the public participation platform of Taiwan’s National Development Council (NDC). The Mainland Affairs Council has been charged with an issuing a response to the flag-banning suggestion. Official responses are supposed to be made within two months.
Another petition that passed the threshold calls for Taiwan to share a time zone with South Korea and Japan, rather than China.
Whether its Katy Perry being draped in the ROC flag or pro-China campaigners covering downtown Taipei with a sea of red and yellow PRC flags, these colorful symbols of cloth never fail to create a stir in Taiwan. Most recently, a shop in Hsinchu County was forced to remove its stock of Nazi flag stickers following public outcry.