A photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping has won a top prize in China’s news awards, which may be par for the course.
But netizens are speculating that the award committee, intentionally or unintentionally, is showing its respect for Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement.
The photo shows Xi standing in heavy rain with a blue umbrella in his left hand and his trouser legs rolled up.
It was taken during his visit to a container port in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, on July 21, 2013. Several port workers around him were briefing him on logistics issues.
Many cadres in China have long been complained about for showing their position of authority by asking their subordinates to hold umbrellas for them, for instance.
Xi’s posture in the photo is believed to project a friendly image of himself and to set a good example for officials.
Umbrellas have recently become a sensitive symbol representing support for Hong Kong’s pan-democracy protest.
Therefore, some netizens are surprised the photo has snapped up a top prize. Perhaps it’s because the umbrella is blue, instead of yellow?
Among the 45 prize-winning photos in the nation’s highest news awards is one of the disgraced former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai in court with handcuffs on his wrists.
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