Chi­nese pooh-pooh Pooh

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CHIL­DREN’S char­ac­ter Win­nie the Pooh has been black­listed by gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials in China.

The honey-lov­ing bear, cre­ated by A.A. Milne, has been banned from so­cial me­dia sites af­ter blog­gers com­pared him to China’s pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping.

Im­ages of the ‘bear of very lit­tle brain’ as well as any men­tion of his Chi­nese name ‘Lit­tle Bear Win­nie’ have been cen­sored from so­cial me­dia plat­form Weibo.

Win­nie the Pooh stick­ers have also been re­moved from the gallery on the pop­u­lar mes­sag­ing site.

Com­par­isons be­tween Com­mu­nist leader Xi and Pooh first emerged in 2013, when a photo of Pooh and Tig­ger along­side a snap of Xi and Barack Obama went vi­ral.

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