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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 June, 2013, 11:03am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 June, 2013, 11:38am

Could Xi-the-Pooh have saved China's declining world image?


Amy Li began her journalism career as a crime news reporter in Queens, New York, in 2004. She joined Reuters in Beijing in 2008 as a multimedia editor. Amy taught journalism at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu before joining SCMP in Hong Kong in 2012. She is now an online news editor for SCMP.com. Amy can be reached at chunxiao.li@scmp.com, or follow her on Twitter @AmyLiSCMP

China’s deteriorating world image could use some help, even if it comes from Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger, said the country’s bloggers.

But unfortunately China's censors have nipped in the bud what could have been a positive PR campaign tailor-made for President Xi Jinping to potentially woo friends and enemies.

The disappointing move came after China’s net users linked two of the world’s most powerful leaders - Xi and US President Barack Obama - as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger this week.

In a Reuters photo, Xi is seen strolling side by side with Obama during their Sunnylands, California, summit at the weekend. Eagle-eyed netizens were reminded of a similar scene involving the two popular fictional characters, and they eagerly shared their discovery on Weibo.

Pictures were later deleted by censors, who apparently did not appreciate the idea of comparing the Chinese president to a chubby bear.

“Was it really necessary to kill cartoons full of positive energy?” Kai-Fu Lee, founder of technology incubator Innovation Works, later protested on his Weibo.

“Look how harmonious and friendly this photo is,” another microblogger wrote. ”Isn’t this what the world wants?”

“Where has [Obama’s] golf club gone?” a reader commented in British newspaper The Sun’s website. 


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David 'Poliziek' Frankenhuis
Doesn't Xi look more like Psy?
I think it is the US image the is declining. Millions dead in Viet Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. Torture in Gitmo, regular slaughter of women and children in Pakistan and Gaza...
Even Mickey Mouse can't save the $.
It is far too late for the brutal Chinese Communist Party to make amends for the millions that have murdered and tortured and the millions that they are still torturing and enslaving. All the top men of the heinous Party are scurrying like cornered rats, trying to get their billions out of the country because they can see the writing on the wall and know that soon they will have to stand trial for the millions of atrocities that they have committed. This is my understanding, thank you for your consideration.
But do you have any opinion as to whether Mr Xi looks like Winnie-the-Pooh or not?

China has been run by muggles since Mr. Mao and Mr. Zhou; we are waiting to see if Mr. Xi is a wizard or not...


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