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China Censors ‘Fatty’ Kim Jong-un Nickname Online

© REUTERS / KCNA/Reuters North Korean leader Kim Jung Un smiles after a successful test of a new rocket launch system.
North Korean leader Kim Jung Un smiles after a successful test of a new rocket launch system. - Sputnik International
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People in China have been calling North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “Kim Fatty the Third,” and now the Chinese Foreign Ministry has blocked the nickname in online searches, after officials in the DPRK leader's administration expressed dismay.

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Searches for “Jin San Pang” which translates to “Kim Fatty the Third," on the Chinese search engine Baidu and social media platform Weibo now come up empty, but creative users who still seek to the mock the leader have switched to using “Kim Fat Fat Fat,” to get around the block.

The Chinese government stated that they prohibited the phrase because it “does not comply with facts.”

"The Chinese government stays committed to building a healthy and civilized environment of opinions," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters. "We disapprove of referring to the leader of any country with insulting and mocking remarks."

North Korea’s ongoing nuclear-weapons program has led to strained relations between Pyongyang and Beijing, but China has continued to support limited trade and some diplomatic backing with the regime, the Times of India reports.

According to a newspaper in Hong Kong, North Korean officials formally requested that searches for the term be blocked in China, out of fear that Kim would find out about it.

China had previously blocked searches that referred to him as a “third-generation pig,” but had stopped filtering the result in March. The Korea Times speculated at the time that the unblocking may have had to do with China’s displeasure over the nation’s weapons program, which they publicly opposed at around the same time.

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