Mao´s Takeover

The Four Pests Campaign

"Comrade Mao Zedong is the greatest Marxist-Leninist of the present age," 1969, Unknown (佚名)

Mao's Takeover

"Today the Chinese people stood up!" -Mao Zedong, 1949

During the Korean War, Chinese officials accused the US of initiating germ warfare. In response, China launched its first Patriotic Health plan, focused on ridding China of diseases like cholera, bubonic plague, and typhoid fever. This began the Chinese government’s propaganda campaign to connect public health to patriotism and the war against imperialism.

"Oppose Bacteriological Warfare," 1952, Peking Film Studio 

"Let us get mobilized, attend to hygiene, reduce the incidence of disease, raise the standard of health, and crush the enemy's germ warfare." ​​​​​​​

-Mao Zedong, Inscription for the Second National Health Conference, 1953

"Resolutely cut off the bloody and criminal hand of the American aggressor that spreads germs!", 1951-1952,   unknown (佚名)

"To do a good job in epidemic prevention and hygiene work is concrete patriotic behavior in the battle to smash American imperialist germ warfare!", ​​​​​​​1952, June, Zhang Wenxin (张文新) 

 "Everybody must take precautions against epidemics to smash the germ warfare of American imperialism!", 1952, Ye Shanlu (叶善箓)

“Only with industrialisation of the state may we guarantee our economic independence and non-reliance on imperialism.” -People’s Daily, 1953