As Chinese state media ramps up its support for leader Xi Jinping ahead of a pivotal plenary of Communist Party figures next week, Twitter users have satirised the gushing praise.

Around 400 party members on the Central Committee will gather in Beijing for a closed-door meeting from Monday until Thursday ahead of next year’s 20th party congress.

Xi’s ambition to rule for life and achieve a status similar to his predecessor Mao Zedong is likely to be cemented at the 2022 meeting.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping gives a speech on July 1, 2021 as the Chinese Communist Party celebrates its centenary. Photo: RTHK screenshot.

“This is a man of determination and action, a man of profound thoughts and feelings, a man who inherited a legacy but dares to innovate, a man who has forward-looking vision and is committed to working tirelessly,” a tweet from state-run news wire Xinhua said.

Another post quoting Xi as saying: “I want to love the people like I love my parents.”

The posts attracted ridicule from China watchers, journalists and academics on Twitter. “Find yourself a partner who loves you the way Xinhua loves the way Xi Jinping loves the people the way he loves his parents,” tweeted journalist Laurel Chor.

Others pointed to other men “of determination and action,” such as Robocop, Winnie the Pooh, Jeff Bezos, Doraemon, Donald Trump, and the dog which features in the “I am fine” room-of-flames meme.

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