More on John Pemberton’s possible China 1940s diplomat.
MR(?) 172 remains unexplained for now……
Further to the March 2013 Post ‘Fancy a Chinese?‘ and the subsequent identification of the Chinese character on the shield, Alex Kavka sends the Blog the Chinese ideogram for ‘ambassador’, on his Taiwan diplomatic photo 359. It is the same as that of the current PRC diplomatic corps (not necessarily ambassador) ideogram 01-718 and another 1972-4 Taiwanese dip. 1 50 also shows the same character. (from ‘RG’.)
Shown below are the examples from both countries, for comparison… (Top, RC (current), centre, PRC, bottom, RC historic)