Taiwan Air Force Mocks Chinese President Xi Jinping 

Taiwanese citizens are rushing to buy a patch worn by members of its air force that mocks Chinese President Xi Jinping amid escalating tensions between the island and mainland China.  

The patch shows a Formosan black bear, native to Taiwan, holding Taiwan’s flag while punching Winnie the Pooh, which Chinese dissidents have increasingly used to mock Xi due to his supposed resemblance to the fictional bear.  

The patch has the word “SCRAMBLE!” at the bottom, which appears to be a nod to the Taiwanese Air Force’s efforts to combat near-daily incursions by China’s military in recent months.  

An image of a Taiwanese Air Force pilot wearing the patch was posted to social media last week. 

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