Currently offered for sale on an internet auction site by a vendor in China are several sets of stamps with the name of Papua New Guinea inscribed on them all with Chinese themes and inscribed in Mandarin. These are similar to an ‘issue’ made up of 40 stamps sold in 8 se-tenant strips of 5 from Papua New Guinea on the subject of Chinese facial make-up reported in Blog 1499 (28 August 2019) and a single stamp reported in Blog 1501 (5 September 2019) which was on the subject of ‘Great Victory of the Cultural Revolution’. The Post PNG philatelic bureau internet site does not mention any of these philatelic products nor for that matter does the internet site of the country’s usual philatelic agency, the USA-based IGPC, so I would normally expect that all of these items are bogus.
But unlike numerous bogus items pouring out of some internet sellers based in Russia, these items apparently of Chinese origin seem more sophisticated if only because they are perforated and issued mostly as individual, postally usable stamps rather than being in the form of impractical imperforate miniature sheets. The items also bear a remarkable similarity to items released from time to time by IGPC, which has an office in Beijing, with the name of Grenada printed on them (see Blog 1184 (26 February 2018) among several others and on which inscriptions are mainly in Mandarin and subject matter is entirely relevant to China and has nothing to do with Grenada.
I wonder if these PNG items originate from the same source as the Grenada products actually handled by IGPC. Does someone in China actually have a contract to produce this stuff which is clearly aimed at the philatelic market in China? We may note that in the past year or so the government of The People’s Republic Of China has been attempting to strengthen its relations with PNG and when a new prime minister, James Marape, came to power in PNG in June 2019 he asked the Chinese government to refinance completely PNG’s government debt, a sum amounting to A$11.8 billion. The Chinese government is well known for donating postage stamps to foreign postal services as a means of highlighting its good international relations with those countries so the question arises as to whether these PNG items originate from a similar source.
It will be interesting to see if the true nature of these items becomes apparent over the next few months. Bogus or not, they’re not for my PNG collection as the themes have nothing to do with the country. I suspect that the average mail sender in PNG would have problems understanding what these stamps are about if they were put on sale in a PNG post office given that they are inscribed completely in Mandarin apart from the country name.
New items inscribed ‘Papua New Guinea’:-
2020 - Mao Zedong’s quotations from the Chinese Cultural Revolution - 1 se-tenant strip of 5 different stamps.
2020 - Quotations of Mao Zedong during the Chinese Cultural Revolution - 11 stamps 2 se-tenant strips each of 5 different stamps plus a single stamp.
2020 - Scenes from the Chinese Cultural Revolution - 8 stamps.
2020 - Scenes from the Chinese Cultural Revolution - 9 stamps.
2020 - Peking Opera master Mei Lanfang - 8 stamps