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Chinese Army Flag used in Propaganda Leaflets

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[Propaganda flag] contributed by Galadriel & Adam Grace

Leaflet Text
[Propaganda flag leaflet text] contributed by Galadriel & Adam Grace

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Hello, we have a paper with a Chinese flag, we think it's the PLA, but there is writing in the lower left corner. On the paper, front and back there is a lot of Chinese writing. The paper was hidden inside something, like that might sit on a shelf or mantle, with a coin hanging inside also and a tag on the front.
Galadriel & Adam Grace, 11 January 2005


The flag depicted on it most likely some kind of unit color, the inscription on the gold triangle in lower hoist being the unit name.
Joe McMillan, 11 January 2005


The flag is indeed that of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), the ideograms at the lower left corner says "67th Division". It is unusual that the ideograms are placed in a triangle, since the standard PLA practice is to place them on a white strip at the hoist.

At the right side of the flag is this sentence: "Warriors of the 67th Division, 23rd Corps, Communist China, take note." That fact that it says "Communist China" rather than "PRC" or "PLA", as well as the accompaniment of symbols of the Hanyu Zhuyin of Taiwan rather than the Pinyin used in the PRC, made me wonder whether this pamphlet came from the PRC at all.

The text at the other side of the pamphlet, however, says it all: it was a pamphlet from the Nationalist (Kuomintang) military urging PLA soldiers to switch side. For this reason the technical detail of the PLA flag on this pamphlet might not be accurate.
Miles Li, 11 January 2004