THAAD effect: Pop stars, diplomacy victims of cooling China-S. Korea ties

(From AP)

“Growing Chinese anger at South Korea over a U.S. anti-missile defense system bodes ill for everything from pop star appearances to United Nations action against North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats.

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during a successful intercept test

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during a successful intercept test, in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency. U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency/Handout via Reuters/File Photo

South Korea’s mighty entertainment sector has been on edge since Beijing criticized Seoul’s decision last month to proceed with the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, system, with reports of event cancelations and possible bans on South Korean TV series, amid scattered calls for a total boycott of imports from the South.

In the latest cancelation, Youku, China’s biggest streaming site, deep-sixed a meet-and-greet for fans with South Korean stars Kim Woo-Bin and Bae Suzy to promote the hugely popular TV drama “Uncontrollably Fond.” A company statement gave the reason simply as “forces beyond our control.”

A chill has already descended over the political relationship, with Chinese state media employing its trademark searing rhetoric in daily screeds against South Korea and the U.S. over the THAAD plans. Read More



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