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China bans 'fatty' Kim Jong Un nickname on websites

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Associated Press

Beijing  /  Wed, November 16, 2016  /  04:49 pm
China bans 'fatty' Kim Jong Un nickname on websites

In this May 10, 2016 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves at parade participants at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Associated Press/Wong Maye-E)

Chinese websites are censoring "Kim Fatty the Third," a nickname widely used to disparage North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after officials from his country reportedly conveyed their displeasure in a meeting with their Chinese counterparts.

Searches for the Chinese words "Jin San Pang" on the search engine Baidu and microblogging platform Weibo returned no results this week.

(Read also: North Korean children learn more about Kim Jong-un than English: Study)

The nickname pokes fun at Kim's girth and his status as the third generation of the Kim family to rule the world's only hereditary communist dynasty. It's especially popular among young, irreverent Chinese who tend to look down on their country's would-be ally.

Relations between China and North Korea have been strained by the North's nuclear weapons program.

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