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Mission Impossible clings to top spot

Mission Impossible clings to top spot

Disney's A Wrinkle in Time was also denied a release in China earlier this year, while the studio's new action film Mission Impossible: Fallout and Ant-Man and The Wasp were are among the Disney films which have opened there this year. They have apparently taken offence at the character's comparison to President Xi Jinping.

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.

In 2014, a photographed handshake between Xi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was matched with an image of Pooh gripping the hoof of his gloomy donkey friend Eeyore.

Chinese authorities immediately censored the meme after it became viral on social media.

The new film tells the story of a now middle-aged Christopher Robin, whose mundane life takes a turn when he is unexpectedly reunited with the Hundred Acre Wood's Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and other animals from his childhood.




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

The ban is part of the government's reported crackdown on banning Winnie the Pooh from the country's internet due to comparisons of the character to Chinese President Xi Jinping.

In June, Chinese authorities blocked American TV provider HBO after Last Week Tonight host John Oliver ridiculed Xi's sensitivity over being compared to Winnie-the-Pooh.

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.

This article has been adapted from its original source.