Posted : 2016-03-11 16:12
Updated : 2016-03-13 11:41

China allows Internet search of N. Korean leader's 'pig' title

By Choi Sung-jin

As China joins international sanctions on North Korea, the Beijing government has unblocked the Internet search of a derogatory title of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, reports say.

Chinese Internet users have called him "Kim the third-generation pig." The title had been blocked in Baidu, the largest search engine in China, but was being searched smoothly Wednesday morning, Yonhap News Agency said Thursday.

Last October, the search engine offered no results for the title, with only a sign that said it did not conform to related regulations and policy.

At the time, Liu Yunshan, the fifth-highest official in China's power hierarchy, visited North Korea to participate in the 70th anniversary of the Workers' Party, demonstrating the traditional friendship between the two socialist states. North Korea watchers say Beijing's move might have reflected its wish to restore bilateral ties. .

In the same vein, the recent unblocking could mean the expression of Beijing's displeasure with the North's recent nuclear and missile provocations, they said.

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