Cartoon on China President Xi Jinping goes viral online

  • Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, Beijing
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  • Updated: Oct 18, 2013 23:51 IST

Normally in China, a cartoon of President of Xi Jinping could have been swiftly removed from the internet.

Not this one. It has had more than 1.5 million hits since it was uploaded on Youku – the Communist country’s answer to YouTube – since Monday and the state media is going pretty much mushy on it. Reason: The five-minute animation, available in both Mandarin and English, says the leadership selection in China is a “meritocratic screening that requires years of hard work like the making of a kung fu master”.

It has been produced by a studio called “On the road to revival” and that’s all what is known about it. Surprisingly, and uncharacteristically, state-run Xinhua news agency admitted the lack of information about the studio but anyway carried a more-than positive write-up on it.

The animation shows how a boyish-looking Xi started at a primary-level office, similar to community councils in the West, and rose step-by-step to become general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and the country’s president – all this in a smart English voiceover with info boxes on the screen.

“It took more than 40 years and 16 job transfers before Xi became China’s top leader, the animation shows,” the video says. It says the US presidential is a “super complex business” that requires a good team, a glib tongue, extraordinary stamina, and an unending flow of greenbacks”. In fact, becoming the US president is even “more difficult than winning American Idol.” it says.

“Without a glib tongue, extraordinary stamina and, most importantly, an unending flow of greenbacks, no one can ever pull through it,” said the narrator as an image of Barack Obama and rival Mitt Romney sitting on piles of dollar bills is flashed.


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