One popular comparison is a photo of Xi and former United States President Barack Obama walking together side-by-side in 2013, and a picture of Pooh strolling along with his friend Tigger.
Jinping was compared to the fictional character again in 2014 while pictured meeting Japan's Shinzo Abe with the latter taking the form of Eryore.
Chinese authorities immediately censored the meme after it became viral on social media. Another comparison between Xi and Winnie during a military parade in 2015 became that year's most censored image, according to Global Risk Insights.
China has an annual foreign film quota, this year set at 34, that limits the number of movies to be shown in the country.
Cathleen Taff, head of distribution for Disney, confirmed the film has been denied a release the Associated Press reported The move locks the release out from the world's second largest film market. Disney will open "Ant-Man and The Wasp" in China on August 24.
The film, starring Ewan McGregor and a CGI Winnie the Pooh, aspires to tell the tale of recapturing childhood innocence.
Disney's live-animated Christopher Robin placed second, at US$25 million.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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