Winni the Pooh and dissident cartoonist Xi Jinping’s artwork are back amid conflict with Taiwan

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A political cartoonist, Badiucao is known for his “provocative” and satirical works attacking Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Tensions between China and the United States have increased since US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan. More than the United States, Taiwan faces the brunt of China, the latter launching “the largest ever” military exercises around the democratic island. Amid this turn of events, a rebellious Chinese artist put the long story short on canvas, once again catching eyeballs with his “visual” sarcasm.

Last week, Badiucao, a political cartoonist, posted an image on his Instagram account depicting Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. The image showed Nancy and Republic of China President Tsai Ing-wen wearing a suit and waving. But there is something unusual in the picture. Peering through the image, you’ll notice the two leaders standing on top of a flying bear flattened on the ground.

What does bear mean, you ask? Well, browsing through some of Badiucao’s famous works, one would notice that this bear is a regular. Among the most famous, “Xi is bear hunting”. The name is reminiscent of a popular children’s book and nursery rhyme called “We’re Going Bear Hunting”. Badiucao’s art is not a game, but a sarcasm.

Xi goes bear hunting. (Badiucao)
In this art, Xi Jinping is depicted holding a gun while a bear lies dead in front of him. This bear looks a lot like Walt Disney’s fictional teddy bear – Winnie the Pooh.
Now, it should be noted that about four years ago China banned Christopher Robin, a film adaptation of Winnie the Pooh. The step was taken after the character was compared to President Xi Jinping. Several memes mocking the president then flooded social networks, prompting the government to take this step.
According to a report from Guardian, an image of Xi and former US President Barak Obama clicked in 2013 was widely shared with people comparing Winnie to Xi – walking with Tigger (another character in the series), Obama. Xi was again compared to the bear in 2014 when he was clicked with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
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In an interview, Badiucao said, “Because Winnie the Pooh is so loved by the public. He is so recognized. And when combined with the image of Xi Jinping, people ask questions: ‘Why do you want to you delete this yellow bear?'”

Therefore, based on the analogy, this likely explains why the artist had Xi “kill” the bear and why he had Pelosi and Tsai Ing-wen “walk” the bear. His other work along the same lines shows Pelosi sipping and staring out of the plane at an island surrounded by planes – likely mirroring ongoing Chinese missile exercises around the island.
(Credit: Badiucao/Instagram) (Credit: Badiucao/Instagram)
Pelosi had visited the self-governing island despite China’s strong objection to the visit. China even argued that the United States violated the one-China policy. However, the Biden administration and Pelosi have maintained they are committed to the one-China policy that recognizes Beijing as the legitimate government but allows informal relations and defense ties with Taipei.

Coming from the one China policy, this artist, who has been known to talk about Xi Jinping for a long time, had shown his creativity and spirit in the image below. Not only that, in another work he described how former US President Donald Trump tried to “sew” China and Taiwan together.

(Credit: Badiucao/Instagram) (Credit: Badiucao/Instagram)

Badiucao presents Xi’s “dictatorship” with another work saying, “iBrother is watching you” – a clear analogy to that of George Orwell. One thousand nine hundred and eighty foura dystopian social science fiction novel that revolves around the idea of ​​totalitarianism and an ubiquitous “big brother”.

(Credit: Badiucao/Instagram) (Credit: Badiucao/Instagram)
(Credit: Badiucao) (Credit: Badiucao)

In other impactful images, the artist is presumably taking pictures of the Chinese president on his stance on LGBTQ rights, US abortion laws and the violent riots that broke out in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, in 2009.

(Credit: Badiucao/Instagram) (Credit: Badiucao/Instagram)
(Credit: Badiucao/Instagram) (Credit: Badiucao/Instagram)

Badiucao is not alone in this witty game. Rebel Pepper is another political cartoonist exiled from China. Even he had attacked the Chinese president over the country’s censorship broadcasts. His recent work, as shared on Twitter, references the COVID-19 outbreak believed to have started in Wuhan, China.

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