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. In 2015, the Financial Times reported, a photo of Xi waving at supporters from a parade auto next to an image of Pooh in a toy vehicle was named the most censored image of the year by Global Risk Insights.
One image shows Xi Jinping standing next to Barack Obama, with a drawing of Pooh next to Tigger next to it (comparing Jinping to the bear and Obama to the tall, slender tiger).
China even censored Jon Oliver and HBO after the British talkshow host criticised Xi and mocked his sensitivity to being compared to the bear.More news: North Korea chides U.S. for following ‘outdated acting script’
The only other Disney film this year to receive a no-go from China was sci-fi film "A Wrinkle in Time".
China's foreign film quota allows a maximum of around 34 foreign films to be imported into the country per year.
The ban comes after the Marc Forster-directed live action film, which stars Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin, scored $25M at the box office on its opening weekend.
While China's film regulator does not give direct feedback on specific movies, it has released regulations in the past that say it bars subversive themes, homosexual content and excessive violence.