MANILA, Philippines – Trust the world's social media capital to give one of the world's most powerful leaders its usual welcome greeting: memes.
But it was a different form of welcome that greeted Xi online.
Before the Chinese leader's arrival, Filipinos critical of the Duterte administration's friendship with China changed their profile photos to the image of Winnie the Pooh. Recall that China has a long-standing ban on the beloved A. A. Milne character, ostensibly because of frequent comparisons made between Pooh and Xi.
On Tuesday after Xi's arrival, more netizens stepped up their game through Xi-Pooh memes.
Here, for example, Barurot News tweeted a photo of Xi and Winnie the Pooh side by side.
Winnie the Pooh Bibisita sa Pilipinas Ngayong Araw pic.twitter.com/SC251474B6 — Barurot News (@BarurotNews) November 19, 2018
Filipino author Bob Ong and the Twitter account of UPLB Memes declared Tuesday "National Winnie the Pooh Day" in light of Xi’s visit.
Today is National Winnie the Pooh Day: "A fine day to visit Piglet" #XiJinpingPH https://t.co/ToJttKH76U — Bob Ong (@sibobpo) November 20, 2018
Happy Winnie the Pooh Day! We alsu wunt our uwn yummy hunny too. - God'sPrincess1010011010 x ShallotNgLipunan pic.twitter.com/YjUIp3V59O — UPLB MemeSoc (@UPLB_Memesoc) November 20, 2018
Some users simply tweeted edited photos of Duterte and Pooh.
#XiJinpingPH pic.twitter.com/rMTDIVBMhz — Jeff Crisostomo (@jeffcrisostomo) November 20, 2018
The Chinese President with his favorite puppy. Or Winnie the Pooh with Iho de Poohta. #XiJinpingPH pic.twitter.com/ujEE3R8t5I — Don RB (@donthebasher) November 20, 2018
Here are other #XiJinPooh memes that are circulating on Twitter:
UBOS NA UBOS NA KAMI, XI JIN PING! UMALIS NA KAYO DITO! #ChinaLayas #chinaoutofph pic.twitter.com/k5lqYtHegJ — sam #ChinaLayas #Anakbayan20 (@getsakitten) November 20, 2018
Duterte raising the arbitral tribunal ruling to Xi Jinping during #XiPHvisit pic.twitter.com/YRtskruSym — Kristine (@kadgonzaga) November 20, 2018
Winnie-the-Pooh is coming to town. Sana si Santa Clause na lang. Amp! pic.twitter.com/cdMx60WQgD — MomiJoy (@joym_speaks) November 20, 2018
Do you have any funny #XiJinPooh memes you want to share? Let us know in the comments section below. – Rappler.com