Twitter trolls President Xi Jinping after China blocks Winnie the Pooh movie

Christopher Robin meets his childhood friend the silly old Winnie-the-Pooh

Chinese censors have banned Christopher Robin, an adaptation of Winnie the Pooh ostensibly over many using the fictional character nationwide to take potshots at President Xi Jinping, The Hollywood Reporter claimed in a report.

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

The government in Beijing has censored online images of Winnie the Pooh after some opponents likened the bear's appearance to President Xi Jinping and have used Pooh as a symbol of resistance.

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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 June, HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver noted the Xi-Pooh connection and created a mock propaganda video that tweaked Xi's apparent sensitivity to the comparison.

The Winnie-the-Pooh and Xi memes are thought to have started from a 2013 photo of Xi and then-US President Barack Obama, which emerged alongside a picture of Pooh and the tall, slim, fun-loving tiger character Tigger. According to Vox, you now can't share photos of the famous bear or even say his name on social media in China.

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The beloved Disney character has been viewed as the "symbol of resistance" in the country as it is being compared to the country's president, Xi Jinping.

There is also a popular picture of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shaking Mr Xi's hands, which was juxtaposed with a picture of Pooh shaking paws with Eeyore.

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