Hong Kong-based broadcaster TVB issued an apology after hundreds of complaints came flooding over the use of a PRC flag to represent China in a documentary about World War II, at which point the flag did not yet exist.
The television station said it was “deeply sorry” for mistakenly using the flag of the People’s Republic of China when identifying the Chinese army during the Battle of Taierzhuang, according to Hong Kong Free Press.
The 1938 battle was fought between armies of Japan and the Republic of China and was the first key Chinese victory of the Second World War.
TVB edited the animation using the Republic of China flag to represent the troops instead, after the local media authority received over 600 complaints about the error. Japan’s flag was also replaced with that of the Imperial Japanese Army.
The documentary aired on a weekly series called Sunday Report ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
The news follows criticism over a Chinese-made movie being pushed out ahead of the anniversary which had also been accused of historical inaccuracy. The makers of the film, which covered the events surrounding the 1943 Cairo Conference, decided to use Chairman Mao as a main poster boy, despite the fact that he wasn’t present at the historic summit.
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