"When snow falls and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives."
That might not have been exactly what Chinese President Xi Jinping told a group of foreign visitors at a meeting in Beijing but it turns out the powerful ruler of the Middle Kingdom is a fan of the hit HBO television series Game of Thrones .
Xi surprised both his aides and his guests when he brought up the topic, saying "we must all make sure the world we live in does not descend into the chaotic warring seven kingdoms of Westeros", as depicted by George R.R. Martin in his epic fantasy, according to a person who was at the meeting.
It is not clear how much time Xi manages to squeeze out of his busy schedule to watch dragons, knights and sword fights at the heavily guarded Zhongnanhai compound, but he is not the only Chinese leader who likes the series, the final season of which began on April 15.