'Immortality,' 'disagree,' 'emigrate,' and 'personality cult' -- here's every word and phrase China censored after criticism of Xi Jinping's potentially unending reign

GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty ImagesPeople walk past a poster of Chinese President Xi Jinping beside a street in Beijing on February 26, 2018.

Earlier this week China announced it would be ending term limits for its president.

That means President Xi Jinping, who was limited to two five-year terms like nearly all of his predecessors, can rule indefinitely.

The change sparked a backlash online, with criticism flooding local Weibo and WeChat platforms.

Unsurprisingly, popular phrases were soon being censored and searches for these terms turned up zero results.

But the amount of censored content has grown in the last few days, to encompass popular terms that are both positive and critical of Xi. Even the letter ‘N’ was banned at one point.

Here’s nearly every phrase that’s been banned so far:


I oppose

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Disagree

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Personality cult

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1984

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Animal farm

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The emperor’s dream

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Also banned:

  • My emperor
  • Named emperor
  • Proclaim oneself emperor
  • First year of an emperor’s reign


Slavery

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Shameless

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Emigrate

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Searches for the term ’emigrate’ spiked on Baidu, China’s search engine.


Incapable ruler

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Disney

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Winnie the Pooh

The bear apparently looks like Xi, and pictures of Winnie wearing a crown and sitting in a throne spread on Weibo.


Ascend the throne

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Also banned:

  • Urge a power figure to formally seize the throne

To board a plane

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This sounds similar to “ascend the throne.”


Change trains

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Go against the tide

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Big River, Big Sea

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The title of a 2009 book about the Chinese Civil War.


Rule the world

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Throughout the ages

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Change the law

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Reign title

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Universal celebration

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Chinese emperor stock

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Chinese speculators pounced on stocks with “emperor” in their name after term limits were scrapped.


Yellow gown

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Yellow was the imperial colour, the colour of the emperor.


Roll up sleeves

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A phrase once said by Xi.


Chairman, lifelong control

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Xi Zedong

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Recover one’s authority

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Brave New World

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Crooked-neck tree

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One emperor is said to have hanged himself on a crooked tree.


The wheel of history

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I’m willing to be a vegetarian for the rest of my life

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A viral line in the show “Empresses in the Palace.”


Oppose Qing, restore Ming

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Qing was the last imperial dynasty.

Also banned:

  • “Dream of Returning to the Great Qing,” a 2006 book.

Great men sent from heaven

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Long live the emperor

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Also banned:

  • Long live
  • Lifelong
  • For life system

Thousands of years

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Immortality

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