Kim Jong-Un lookalike in China a hit

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un strikes fear into some hearts, but photos of a Chinese street food vendor with a distinct resemblance to the Pyongyang strongman have fuelled online mirth. Chubby, with a round face and sporting Kim’s trademark side-shaved haircut, the vendor was pictured cooking skewered meat on a rusty barbecue. Though his identity remains unknown, he works in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang, not far from the border with North Korea. Like Kim, the vendor has a penchant for high-buttoned jackets, and a smoking habit. Thousands of Chinese Internet users commented on the images, with many referring to Kim by the nickname “Fatty the Third,” a reference to his weight as well as his inherited position. Beijing has long been Pyongyang’s closest ally but Chinese social media users often skewer the young leader with irreverent criticism.

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