Amid increasingly aggressive behavior by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Taiwan national security officials have again proposed legislation to ban the use of the CCP flag on the island, Breitbart reported.
Lawmakers are deliberating on a bill proposed by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Wang Ting-yu that won the support of 28 lawmakers, which would amend Taiwan’s National Security Law and criminalize specific actions deemed hostile to the nation.
According to The Diplomat, the law would prohibit “raising, lowering, hanging, displaying, holding or brandishing” a political or military flag of a hostile foreign power in public places. Offenders would be punished with fines of up to $1,782.
The proposal was opposed by the Kuomintang because there is no law in Taiwan defining China as an enemy. To ban it would require an amendment to the “Act Regulating Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland [China].”
Instead, they propose to amend the ‘social order law’ and criminalize only the use of the CCP flag with fines of between $358 and $1786.
Taiwanese lawmaker Jang Chyi-lu, a member of the centrist Taiwan People’s Party, offered a similar bill assessment. “Despite China’s threat to Taiwan, banning its flag would only be possible if a law defines China as an enemy country [of Taiwan],” he said last October.
According to The Diplomat, “the Chinese flag is not commonly displayed in Taiwan, where a fractional minority of the population expressed support for unification. Among the general public, pro-unification protesters and activists are generally ignored or ridiculed.”
Taiwan reaffirms its sovereignty
Taiwanese authorities also changed the design of its passport by removing the designation “Republic of China,” a name assigned to the island by the CCP, and giving more prominence to the word Taiwan.
The people welcomed the move initiated in January this year as more than 90,000 people applied for passports with the new design.
The CCP is not China
After the civil war that ended in 1949 with the victory of the CCP, the then ruling Kuomintang party and many Chinese fled communism to the island, entrenching themselves there, creating a country independent from the mainland.
While the CCP destroyed traditional Chinese culture and massacred people through its political movements such as the Great Cultural Revolution, Taiwan maintained its traditions.
Since the CCP took over mainland China, more than 80 million Chinese have died of unnatural causes. The CCP is considered the regime that has committed the most crimes against humanity. During its 70 years in power, it destroyed Chinese cultural identity and persecuted more than half of the population.
The result of the different paths taken is completely radical: the Chinese on the mainland are subjected to the dictatorship of the CCP, have lost their traditional roots, are persecuted for practicing their faith, and live in a society utterly subject to the state.
On the other hand, according to Western students who went to study on the island, Taiwan is one of those countries where you can leave your bicycle with your bag untied, and no one thinks even to touch other people’s things.
Taiwan is a prosperous country that despite tremendous international pressure from the CCP to stifle it, according to the Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom 2021:
“Taiwan’s economic freedom score is 78.6, making its economy the 6th most free in the 2021 Index. Its overall score has increased by 1.5 points, primarily because of an improvement in government integrity. Taiwan is ranked 4th among 40 countries in the Asia–Pacific region, and its overall score is above the regional and world averages.”
It is fair to say that the CCP is not China and that Taiwan, having preserved traditional Chinese culture, represents far better the real China.