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China bans Winnie the pooh movie

China’s film authorities have denied a release to Disney’s new Winnie the Pooh film, Christopher Robin.

No reason has been given for the decision, but it’s believed to be part of a nationwide clampdown on references to the beloved children’s character.

Chinese authorities have been blocking images of Pooh on social media since last year, after the AA Milne bear became a symbol of political dissent.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping has been compared to the bear.

The comparisons began in 2013 when an image of Xi walking with President Barack Obama was posted alongside a picture of Pooh walking next to Tigger.

Then in 2014, a picture of Xi shaking hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shared along with a picture of Pooh with Eeyore.

Photo: Chiang Rai Times

As the memes grew popular, Chinese censors began blocking images, GIFs and mentions of the bear across social media.

Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time was also denied a release in China earlier this year but Skyscraper, Mission Impossible: Fallout, and Ant-Man and The Wasp are among Disney’s offerings to open in the country.

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