China Won't Release Disney's 'Christopher Robin' Movie

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Ever since, the memes have taken a life of their own so much that the Chinese authorities have been banning the images of the Disney character on social media since past year.

The live-action film premiered worldwide over the weekend except in China, where authorities did not provide a reason why the Disney movie was banned.

The uncanny connection between the two, first surfaced in 2013 when a picture of President Jinping walking along with former US President Barack Obama was posted alongside a picture of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger. They have apparently taken offence at the character's comparison to President Xi Jinping. Xi was again compared to the fictional bear in 2014 during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who took on the part of the pessimistic, gloomy donkey, Eeyore.As comparisons grew, censors began erasing the images which mocked Xi.

The A.A. Milne character has become a symbol of political dissent in China after President Xi Jinping was compared to Pooh, according to BBC.

It is the second time this year a Disney film has been denied release in China, after A Wrinkle in Time, which deals with issues surrounding magic and religion, was banned.

In 2015, the political analysis portal Global Risk Insights called a picture of Xi standing up through the roof of a parade vehicle paired with an image of a Winnie the Pooh toy auto "China's most censored photo" of the year.

China, the world's second-largest film market, limits the number of foreign-made films allowed into the country to 34 a year.

In June, the country started censoring mentions of HBO comedian John Oliver and HBO's website after his show, "Last Week Tonight", ran a segment criticising China and Xi, specifically, for the increasingly authoritarian policies of the Chinese Communist Party, which he leads.

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