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[Hainan flag]
by Ivan Sache

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The chart Flags of Aspirant Peoples shows the following: 136. "Hainan (Li and Miao, 1943-1949) - South China - War flag)." Horizontal green -red, with two crossed "swords".

Li and Miao are the two most important ethnic minorities in the island of Hainan. Li (ca 1,000,000 of people) belong to the Thai linguistic group. Miao belong to the Miao-Yao linguistic group and are also scattered througout Laos, Viet-Nam and Thailand. Hainan was known as the "tropical Siberia", because it has been a place of exile since the Tang dynasty.
Ivan Sache, 16 September 1999

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