Drawing the News: Xi Jinping and Zhou Xiaoping

Drawing the News: Xi Jinping and Zhou Xiaoping

Zhou Xiaoping, the young, nationalistic blogger who shook hands with President Xi Jinping at the Beijing Forum on Literature and Art, has drawn the ire of many Chinese netizens. Zhou’s writing is known for virulent anti-Americanism, factual errors, and illogical arguments. He became known as Cutlassfish Zhou after complaining that Weibo Big V Charles Xue’s alleged slander of China’s air quality had thrown the cutlassfish farming industry into a tailspin–cutlassfish, it turns out, cannot be farmed.

When Xi Jinping praised Zhou for his “positive energy,” many netizens balked. Fang Zhouzi, known for policing scientists and disputing the authorship of Han Han’s novels, took down Zhou with a blog post earlier this week. The authorities instructed websites to delete Fang’s essay, and Fang’s Tencent and Sina accounts were shut down.

In Rebel Pepper’s cartoon, an imperial guard presents Fang Zhouzi to Xi Jinping, snuggled in bed with his concubine, Zhou Xiaoping. “What do you say, my darling?” Xi asks Zhou. “How should we let him know not to pick on you?” Zhou demurs, “It’s totally up to you, dearest ♥︎”


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