Wednesday, 28 February 2018

No N In China Anymore

The Chinese Government have become a bit jumpy lately ever since Xi Jinping announced that he may abolish constitutional term limits which would see him remain in power for a third or fourth term, so jumpy in fact that they have been banning things that the Chinese can see on the internet.
Terms banned on Weibo, China’s Twitter, include:'Ten thousand years', 'Disagree', 'Xi Zedong', 'Shameless', 'Lifelong', 'Personality cult', 'Emigrate' and 'Immortality'.
Also banned are the titles of two George Orwell books, '1984' and 'Animal Farm' and amusingly 'Winnie The Pooh' who Jinping is likened to and admittedly, i can see that, he does look kinda pooh-like.
Bizarrely though, another victim is the letter 'N' although nobody can quite work out what the 14th letter of the alphabet has done to annoy the Chinese.
I remember struggling and not learning algebra at school where n was used to represent something algebraic so if the Chinese Government is striking out against useless maths equations then i can support this but somehow i don't think so.
The Chinese Government may well have quelled any rising resentment to the no fixed term decision but good luck to the people in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai though if the 'n' is being censored.

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