Tue, Nov 23, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Debate heats up over claims to the sun

IDENTITY ISSUE The KMT said it will not give in to demands that it change its party emblem, saying the government should change the national flag instead

By Caroline Hong  /  STAFF REPORTER , WITH CNA

According to the Government Information Office's Web site, the five-color flag was used by the Shanghai army before 1911 to represent the five main ethnic groups of China.

According to Huang's research office, the flag with the green background was proposed in 1951 by Aboriginal groups as a possible national flag design.

Huang said that the difference between the national and KMT's emblems was clear because of the different size of the 12-pointed suns.

Huang said the KMT would not try to stop the government from changing the national emblem. He warned that the government would have to take full responsibility for the consequences of such a move, which the outside world might view as pro-independence.

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