China’s Censors Ban Winnie the Pooh and the Letter ‘N’ After Xi’s Power Grab

Anxious to suppress criticism, and maintain an appearance of mass support, the Communist Party’s censors have scoured the internet and social media for content deemed subversive. The sanitizing has included many images of Winnie the Pooh — Mr. Xi is sometimes likened to the cartoon bear — and search terms like “my emperor,” “lifelong” and “shameless.”

For a short time, even the English letter “N” was censored, according to Victor Mair, a University of Pennsylvania professor, apparently to pre-empt social scientists from expressing dissent mathematically: N 2, with “N” being the number of Mr. Xi’s terms in office.

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In their coverage, China’s state-run media have played down the move, as if in hopes that most Chinese simply will not notice, or care. When news accounts mention the change, they argue that term limits should be eliminated to ensure leadership continuity at a time when China has ambitions to challenge American dominance and reclaim its rightful place on the global stage. “China cannot stop and take

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