Taiwan’s Next Magazine has published a music video featuring cartoon versions of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou dancing to a Chinese pop song.

Satirising Saturday’s meeting between the two presidents, the video features animations of the cross-strait leaders showing off cheesy dance moves, in time with Little Apple, a 2014 online hit by the Chopstick Brothers.

Photo: Taiwan Next Magazine screenshot.

A panda wearing a Mao Zedong-era cap and a bear wearing a Taiwanese flag pin dance behind the two presidents.

“I planted a seed, finally the fruit has grown,” the lyrics to the song play out as a picture of Xi holding a huge white gourd is faded in.

A reference to Chinese broadcaster CCTV’s censored report on Ma’s press conference is made as well, with the video showing Ma speaking to reporters with his Taiwanese flag pin blurred out. “Eh, where is the national flag? Ma lost it!”

“You are my little little apple, I can never love you enough,” goes the chorus of the song as the animated versions of Xi and Ma appear.

The cartoon Ma blushes in the video – a reference to media reports which said the Taiwanese president was “slightly intoxicated” after drinking a special Chinese wine with Xi during dinner on Saturday.

Vivienne Zeng

Vivienne Zeng is a journalist from China with three years' experience covering Hong Kong and mainland affairs. She has an MA in journalism from the University of Hong Kong. Her work has been featured on outlets such as Al Jazeera+ and MSNBC.