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Chinese embassy publishes cartoon of Pelosi as Maria trying to steal baby

The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, was the subject of several cartoons in Chinese state media on the occasion of her visit to Taiwan last week, as one that represented her as witch and another who turned her hair into “tentacles”, each representing a “sin”: such as “political manipulation” and “abuse of power with selfish intentions”.

However, one of these cartoons drew more attention, as it was published on Twitter by the Chinese Embassy in France and for having elements of religious intolerance.

It shows a woman with Pelosi’s face , with a crown of stars like the Virgin Mary, trying to steal a child from the crib while a man with a hammer (one of the symbols of communism) watches the scene and seems ready to react.

The cartoon has the message: “Nobody likes war, but no parent would let someone steal their child”. In the publication, the embassy used the hashtags #Taiwan and #PelosiVisit and informed in Chinese the names of the cartoon (“Maria stealing the baby”) and the artist (Wuheqilin, a Chinese cartoonist known for his cartoons against the United States).

In addition to the political reference – China considers Taiwan a rebel province and not an independent country, and therefore Pelosi’s visit would be an interference in Chinese internal affairs, according to the understanding of the communist dictatorship – , the drawing seems to allude to Pelosi’s religion, which is Catholic, although her pro-abortion position is criticized by the Church: in May, the Archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, forbade her to receive communion in the archdiocese.

While she didn’t specifically mention any of the Chinese cartoons, Pelosi suggested she was criticized for machismo and said that when male US congressmen were in Taiwan there was not the same reaction.

“I think they made a big and fuss because I’m the president , think. I don’t know if that was a reason or an excuse, because they didn’t say anything when the [parlamentares] men came,” he argued at a news conference in Taiwan.

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