When China’s president Xi Jinping visited Russia for the East Economic Forum, he was welcomed warmly by Vladimir Putin. They discussed the future relationship of China and Russia and vowed stronger ties. Once the serious business was over Putin took Xi out on a night on the town. But Putin being Putin couldn’t help himself from trolling Xi.
It all started friendly with the two of them at Far East Street, an exhibition that shows off Russian Culture. Wearing matching blue aprons they made Billini, a Russian pancake together. They slowly stirred the batter over the heat and once it was finished cooking, they topped it off with caviar and jam.
The decadent pancake was washed down with Vodka and the two achieved peak friendship.
The both of them eventually made their way to a tasting stand that showcased some of Russia’s finest jarred goodies. First, they tried some jam then Putin grabs some honey and gives it to Xi. To which Xi accepts.
Now the reason this is quite the troll move is because President Xi is referred to as Winnie the Pooh and he is none too thrilled about it. Winne the pooh is a doughy cartoon bear that loves honey.
Comparisons of President Xi and Winnie the Pooh started while Obama was president when Chinese citizens started noticing the two looked alike.
From the body shape to the face, President Xi couldn’t escape the comparisons. So Xi ordered the government to start censoring Winnie the Pooh. Winnie the Pooh joined the many subjects that are censored in China like porn. The meme was considered by the Chinese government to be “a serious effort to undermine the dignity of the presidential office and Xi himself,” reports Global Risk Insights. Even the movie, “Christopher Robin”, which has Winnie the Pooh as a character that was released this year worldwide, was banned from China. So Putin giving honey to President Xi was seen as a troll move.
Trolling other world leaders is not something that is new to Putin. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Putin never got along. So when they had a meeting together Putin found out that Angela Merkel was deathly scared of dogs. And in that infamous meeting, Putin brought his black labrador “Konni” and let it roam freely around the room reports the Business Insider. Merkel was visibly uncomfortable. Putin asked her, “The dog does not bother you, does she? She’s a friendly dog and I’m sure she will behave herself.”
After the meeting, Putin was asked by the Bild if he brought the dog on purpose to scare Angela Merkel. He told the Bild, “I did not know anything about that. I showed her my dog because I thought she would like it. I told her so later and apologized.”
Angela Merkel was asked by reporters about the infamous meeting and she didn’t mince words, “I understand why he has to do this. To prove he’s a man. He’s afraid of his own weakness. Russia has nothing, no successful politics or economy. All they have is this.”
I don’t like Putin but I got to respect his troll game. How you going to trust a man that smiles like this.