"LIBERATE TAIWAN, CRUSH THE AMERICAN-CHIANG KAI SHEK ALLIANCE!" CHINESE PROPAGANDA POSTER, 1954-1955 21 x 30in (53 x 76cm)

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Lot 109
"LIBERATE TAIWAN, CRUSH THE AMERICAN-CHIANG KAI SHEK ALLIANCE!" CHINESE PROPAGANDA POSTER, 1954-1955
21 x 30in (53 x 76cm)

US$ 2,000 - 3,000
£ 1,600 - 2,400
"LIBERATE TAIWAN, CRUSH THE AMERICAN-CHIANG KAI SHEK ALLIANCE!" CHINESE PROPAGANDA POSTER, 1954-1955
Colored lithographic poster depicting a People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldier brandishing a rifle with bayonet at a cowering, bomb-clutching American general and a diminutive, bandaged Chiang Kai Shek, both with rodent's features, resting on a treaty translating to "American-Chiang Kai Shek Alliance" and an island marked "Taiwan." A crowd of peasants, workers and demonstrators stand behind the soldier bearing a banner calling for the liberation of Taiwan, while a series of eight caricatures with text descriptions to the soldier's right portray an American general taking over Taiwan with Chiang Kai Shek as a puppet ruler, oppressing the population. A caption below the soldier exhorts the Chinese population to liberate Taiwan.

The defeat of the Republic of China (ROC) at the hands of the Chinese Communists in 1949 saw the withdrawal of the Nationalists to the island of Taiwan, where an attempt by the PLA to invade the territory was defeated in the same year. After the outbreak of the Korean War in June, 1950, the USA guaranteed the neutralization of the Taiwan Strait by sending the US 7th Fleet to patrol the area. The large deployments of ROC troops on the Taiwanese islands of Kinmen and Matsu in August 1954, led to calls from the People's Republic of China for Taiwan to be liberated and saw the shelling of both islands by the PLA. In response, December 2 1954 saw the United States and the ROC sign the Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty, castigated in this propaganda poster as the "American-Chiang Kai Shek Alliance." Despite the treaty, the PLA attacked and seized Taiwan's Yijiangshan Islands in January 1955, before public statements from the US that it was considering a nuclear strike against China obliged the latter to deescalate the conflict.
A striking poster of an early flashpoint in the Cold War.
21 x 30in (53 x 76cm)
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