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China’s Xi Jinping Lampooned on Social Media for Power Play

  • Winnie the Pooh resurfaces as a symbol of popular discontent
  • Dissent is rigidly policed and dangerous on the Chinese web
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Bloomberg’s Tom Mackenzie reports on China’s move to clear the way for Xi Jinping to rule beyond 2023.(Source: Bloomberg)
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As China’s Communist Party prepares to repeal term limits and let President Xi Jinping rule beyond 2023, commentators have taken to social media to lampoon and laud the move.

One post over the weekend depicted Winnie the Pooh -- a stand-in for the leader -- embracing a giant pot of honey with his eyes rapturously closed. “Find the thing you love and never let go,” went the viral re-post of an image put up by Disney in 2013 on Weibo, a Chinese Twitter-like service. Others chose a different route, circulating a 2014 party-approved article about late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping with the headline: “The last thing I will be good for is setting up a system for retirement.”