China Cancels All Events with Korean Stars After THAAD Disagreements
Nicholas Kim, Aug. 5, 2016, 11:15 a.m.
China has just called a stoppage to a huge event featuring Korean celebrities which was scheduled for later this year. The mass company outings from Korea are cancelled as well, and it's all due to China being upset about the latest disagreements with Seoul's decision to employ a United States Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery emplacement that China feels is meant to monitor their military strength.
A fan meet with Korean stars Kim Woo Bin and Suzy was scheduled for Saturday, but it has now been cancelled without explanation. The two actors are starring in the television series 'Uncontrollably Fond', and it is about to air in China. Ahn Jae Hyun, the head producer of Samhwa Networks stated on Thursday, "We were unilaterally informed by event organizer Youkou."
Rumors began to spread that actress Yoo In Na was kicked out of a Chinese soap opera as well. YG Entertainment, her management agency, declined to speak on the matter and simply stated that it was discussing the issue with the production company.
Girl group Wassup and boy group Snuper were also given notice of their events being cancelled, as well as the removal of the television appearances in China that they were scheduled for. A staff member at Widmay Entertainment commented, "We were scheduled to visit China on Aug. 21 to appear on the Chinese hit parade show 'AIBB,' but were told by the Chinese that our appearance was canceled. We weren't told what the exact reason was."
Chinese media outlets were denying the rumors of cancellations only a day before, at the government's request.
Large outings to Korea were cancelled as well. A tour agency stated that a visit to South Korea for their Chinese tourists was called off unexpectedly. The agency was redirected to either Japan or Taiwan. Weibo, the Chinese social platform version of Twitter, showed that in a poll of 280,000 people, 86% announced that they were in full support of the government's decision to ban Korean entertainers.