• Beetle named Xi is a pest, say China censors

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    BEIJING: Chinese censors have stepped in to crush underfoot talk of a newfound beetle species named after President Xi Jinping, reports said on Tuesday — to the dismay of its loyal discoverer. The Rhyzodiastes (Temoana) xii was identified in China’s southern island province of Hainan by Cheng-Bin Wang, a Chinese national affiliated with the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague. In peer-reviewed animal taxonomy journal Zootaxa he declared: “The specific epithet is dedicated to Dr Xi Jin-Ping, the President of the People’s Republic of China, for his leadership making our motherland stronger and stronger.” His eight-page paper, published last month, described his find in minute detail, including the “lustrous” sheen of its body and its “genital segment… with handle moderately long and narrowly rounded at tip”. Wang told Agence France-Presse that he greatly admired Xi’s actions in China, and saw the beetle as a symbol of the Communist chief’s achievements.

    AFP

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