South Korean K-Pop group EXO member Lay, speaks during a press conference. AP
At least eight K-pop stars from China and even one from Taiwan and one from Hong Kong are publicly stating their support for Beijing's one-China policy, eliciting both disappointment and understanding from fans.
Many of the statements came after protesters opposed to Beijing's growing influence over semi-autonomous Hong Kong tossed a Chinese flag into Victoria Harbour.
Lay Zhang, Jackson Wang, Lai Kuan-lin and Victoria Song are among those who recently uploaded a Chinese flag to social media and declared themselves "one of 1.4 billion guardians of the Chinese flag." Wang is from Hong Kong and Lai from Taiwan.
Some see the pronouncements as examples of how celebrities feel pressured to toe the line in the important Chinese market. Yet they also coincide with a surge in patriotism among young Chinese.
The protests in the former British colony began in June over the bill, which would have allowed extraditions to mainland China where courts are controlled by the Communist Party, but have since evolved into a push for greater democracy.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has indicated that she had met with a group of young people about the pro-democracy protests gripping the city, and that’s indeed a positive development. Lam’s attempt to explain the government’s position at the Monday meeting, though it was closed-door and unannounced, sends a signal
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