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:
The emperor’s dream
- My emperor
- Named emperor
- Proclaim oneself emperor
- First year of an emperor’s reign
Searches for the term ’emigrate’ spiked on Baidu, China’s search engine.
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
- Urge a power figure to formally seize the throne
To board a plane
This sounds similar to “ascend the throne.”
Go against the tide
Big River, Big Sea
The title of a 2009 book about the Chinese Civil War.
Rule the world
Throughout the ages
Change the law
Chinese emperor stock
Chinese speculators pounced on stocks with “emperor” in their name after term limits were scrapped.
Yellow was the imperial colour, the colour of the emperor.
Roll up sleeves
A phrase once said by Xi.
Chairman, lifelong control
Recover one’s authority
Brave New World
One emperor is said to have hanged himself on a crooked tree.
The wheel of history
I’m willing to be a vegetarian for the rest of my life
A viral line in the show “Empresses in the Palace.”
Oppose Qing, restore Ming
Qing was the last imperial dynasty.
- “Dream of Returning to the Great Qing,” a 2006 book.
Great men sent from heaven
Long live the emperor
- Long live
- For life system
Thousands of years
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