Chinese propaganda poster from 1970.

"All reactionaries are paper tigers / People of the world unite to defeat the American invaders and their running dogs!"
"People of the world unite to defeat the American invaders and their running dogs!" (1971)
"Awakened people, you will surely attain the ultimate victory!" (1963)

The figures here represent Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
"Oppose economism: Crush the new counter-offensive of the capitalist class reactionary line" (1967)
"Resolutely support the just struggle of Black Americans!" (1963)
"Criticize the old world and build a new one with Mao Zedong Thought" (1966)
"U.S. imperialism, get out of Africa" (1966)
"U.S. imperialism, get out of South Vietnam!" (1963)
"The people do not fear the American imperialists, but the American imperialists fear the people" (1971)
"Resolutely support the anti-imperialist struggle of the Asian, African and Latin American people" (1964)

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