Taiwan’s flag anthem was played in front of Chinese athletes for the first time in the history of the Olympics on Saturday, when the Taiwanese team beat China in the badminton men's doubles final.
Taiwanese badminton duo Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin beat the Chinese team by 21-18 and 21-12, clinching the second gold medal for the self-governing island at the Tokyo 2020 Games. China took home silver with the loss.
Both teams attended the medal ceremony and listened as Taiwan's flag anthem was played. Taiwan has both an anthem and a flag anthem, the latter of which is commonly played at international sporting events.
Taiwan’s athletes compete in the Olympics under the name "Chinese Taipei" because of the political and historical sensitivities surrounding the democratic island's relationship with mainland China. Despite being governed separately for more than seven decades since the end of a civil war, Beijing considers Taiwan to be a breakaway province.
Taiwan's team has won two gold medals, two silver medals and three bronze medals so far in Tokyo.