President Xi Jinping, left, and Ewan McGregor in a scene from "Christopher Robin."
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China has denied screening permission to Walt Disney Co.'s "Christopher Robin," featuring the honey-loving Winnie the Pooh, a source familiar with the matter said Tuesday.The world's second-largest film market, China limits the number of foreign titles allowed into the country to 34 a year.Netizens have in the past likened Pooh's portly stature to that of Xi.Popular memes compare images of Xi and former U.S. President Barack Obama walking side by side to similar cartoon scenes including Pooh and his taller, leaner friend Tigger, a hyperactive tiger. Other allusions include a popular comparison between a Winnie the Pooh car toy image and the Chinese leader presiding over a military parade from the back of a moving vehicle.
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