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President lookalike causes stir in China

Friday, July 11, 2014 - 00:56

A pancake vendor in China said to bear an uncanny resemblance to Chinese President Xi Jinping. Natalie Thomas reports.

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A pancake vendor in China has turned into a local celebrity for his resemblance to the country's most powerful man, President Xi Jinping. Forty-four-year-old Shao Jianhua says he doesnt think that he and Xi look that much alike. SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) PANCAKE VENDOR AND XI JINPING LOOK-ALIKE SHAO JIANHUA, SAYING: "Students walked past my booth everyday and one day a student said I look like Xi and took a photo. Word got out. That's how the story started. I've been here for years!" Shao's reputation as a presidential doppelganger has certainly boosted sales. He says business has risen 10 percent and that he is now selling about 1,000 pancakes daily. He's become a tourist attraction in his own right. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 20-YEAR-OLD TOURIST FROM SOUTHERN GUANGXI PROVINCE, WU JIAZHEN, SAYING: "I think he really looks like him. When he smiles, the expression in his eyes makes him look like a younger Uncle Xi." Shao says he hopes that next time the president's in town, he'll drop by and try his pancakes.

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President lookalike causes stir in China

Friday, July 11, 2014 - 00:56