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The island of Taiwan became home to the Kuomintang (Guomindang) government of Chiang Kai Shek along with approximately 2 million nationalist exiles after they fled China following the communist revolution in 1949 and where they set up a government in exile. The flag is said to have derived from the flag used by the Whampoa Army Officers College where Chiang was commandant (Headmaster) for a time.

Upon his elevation to President of China in 1928, it seemed natural that his presidential flag reflect his connection to Whampoa College. After the Kuomintang government re-established itself in Taiwan, Chiang's presidential flag was incorporated into a red background, and thus was formed the flag of Taiwan. Blue represents liberty, justice and Min Chuan (Democracy) white represents equality, brightness and Min Sheng (People's Livelihood) and red represents fraternity, sacrifice and Min Tsu (Nationalism).

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