Taiwanese are rushing to purchase anti-Xi Jinping badges for their pilots in the air force.
These patches depict a Formosan bear striking Winnie the Pooh with a Formosan black beard, which is China’s President Xi Jinping.
This badge is now a symbol of resistance to Chinese war games.
China started its three-day military drills around Taiwan on Saturday as many aircrafts crossed the Taiwan Strait’s sensitive median line.
This was just a day after Tsai Ingwen, the island’s president, returned from a short visit to the United States. She met Kevin McCarthy, the US House Speaker, despite Beijing warnings.
Chinese censors have long reacted to Winnie the Pooh representations, citing internet memes that contrast the fictional bear with China’s president.
“Where can we find a patch like this?”
Alec Hsu designed the patch. It shows a Formosan black bear attacking Taiwan’s flag while punching Winnie The Poh. “.
This reference is based upon what pilots have done with increased frequency in the last three years, as China sends more planes into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone.
The Formosan black bear, which is also a symbol for Taiwanese identity, represents Taiwan’s former name, Formosa.
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Since last year, Mr Hsu has been selling patches from his shop. But orders have increased after Taiwan’s military news agency published a photo showing the patch on the arm a pilot inspecting fighter jets.
The badges are being purchased by everyone from residents to military personnel.
Mr Hsu stated, “I wanted to increase the morale of our soldiers through designing this patch.”
Many people love the badge, including Taiwan’s de facto Embassy in the US.
It tweeted Monday: “Where can I get a patch such as that!” These are guaranteed to be the best-selling products!
Taiwan’s air force stated to Reuters that it doesn’t encourage its members to wear the patch because it isn’t part of their uniform. However, it will “maintain an open attitude” towards anything that helps morale.