For others the move of Chinese authority in banning the world-famous cartoon character, Winnie the Pooh, as a bizarre move, following the latter used as a meme about the country’s top leaders.
The Chinese authorities strongly uphold their decision as part of a struggle to restrict clever bloggers from getting around their country’s censorship.
For the past weeks, Winnie the Pooh character has joined a line of crazy, funny internet references to China’s top leaders.
Due to the ablaze meme, the Xi Jinping-led country has ordered to banned and blocked all the Chinese name for and images of the plump, cute cartoon character on social media sites here because bloggers have been comparing him to China’s president.
One of the viral meme, when China’s Xi Jinping and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe endured one of the more awkward handshakes in history netizens responded with Winnie the Pooh and Eeyore shaking hands.
Also, another instance when President Xi popped his head out of the roof of his special Red Flag limousine to inspect the troops – a photo appeared online of a toy Winnie the Pooh popping out of his own little car.
Tracing the country’s strict censorship, basically it is not only that China’s censors will not tolerate ridicule of the country’s leader, they do not want this beloved children’s character becoming a kind of online euphemism for the Communist Party’s general secretary.
In other countries such comparisons might be thought of as harmless enough and some might even think that having Winnie as your mascot could even be quite endearing: not in China.
Censorship in China is incomparable to other countries of the world, just like the case of the country’s number one “enemy,” Liu Xiabo.
The Chinese government have been extremely successful at virtually wiping out the existence of the country’s number one dissident Liu Xiaobo – the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize who died in custody here last week – at least as far as the general public goes.
Most Chinese citizens have simply never heard of him.
In fact, Liu Xiaobo was better known abroad than he was in China
According to the BBC report, they actually tested the censorship in China, they test it on the most-used messaging app in the country, WeChat.
Sit down next to a friend who also has Wechat on their phone. Now try and send them a text message using the name “Liu Xiaobo”.
On your phone it will appear as if you have sent the message but your friend will not get it.
The Chinese authorities can just punch certain words or phrases into whatever blocking mechanism they use and shut down discussion of a topic.
Wechat is a privately owned company but China’s tech giants must toe the Party line.
Xi Jinping is expected to utilized Congress, which marks the beginning of his second term in office, to further solidify his grip on power by promoting allies and sidelining those seen as a threat.
It had been thought that China has transformed into a system of two-term governance for the country’s supreme leader but this is merely a recent convention rather than a rule.
But based on the local media reports, President Xi has made so many enemies within the Party as a result of his widespread anti-corruption crackdown, many have questioned whether he can afford to give up power after the next five-year term.