Badiucao reacts to the long-anticipated news of a disciplinary investigation into former security chief Zhou Yongkang. Zhou fell victim to an anti-corruption campaign which President Xi Jinping promised would catch “both tigers and flies”—both high-ranking and low-level officials—but many suspect that factional rivalries within the Party were also involved.
In Badiucao’s cartoon, Xi devours a bowl of Master Kang instant noodles—a reference to a censorship-ducking online nickname for Zhou. The noodles contain a tiger’s tail and a frog’s leg—allusions to Zhou, the biggest tiger to fall so far, and to the allegedly amphibious appearance of Xi’s predecessor Jiang Zemin. Jiang’s name is now blocked as a search term on Sina Weibo, prompting speculation that he may be a future target.
Dog Eat Dog, by Badiucao for CDT: