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What’s not to like about Winnie the Pooh?

BEIJING (AsiaNews): Wang Xiaochuan, the chief executive of the web search engine Sogou, posted a seemingly innocent image of Winnie the Pooh on his Weibo account on July 15, but it attracted a lot of surprised attention, as the image has been banned in China since 2013.
 
The loveable bear from the stories by A. A. Milne and the animated movies from Disney Studios is regarded as an offensive character by Chinese censors because of its physical resemblance to the president, Xi Jinping.
 
Winnie first became an offensive little bear when his picture was juxtaposed with the portly Xi standing alongside the tall and willowy president of the United States of America, Barack Obama, who was parodied as Winnie’s good mate, his lanky friend, Tigger, in 2013.
 
The image was censored on the Internet in China, so it stuck fast, causing surprise when it reappeared.
 
Even a visit from the prime minster of Japan, Shinzo Abe, did not escape the cartoonists’ attention, featuring Eeyore the Sad Donkey alongside the corpulent Winnie the Pooh.
 
People are now wondering what sin poor old Winnie has committed and if it is the lovability of the Pooh bear or his portly build that the censors find offensive.

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