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.
Police, widely criticised for failing to better protect the public from the triad raid in Yuen Long, have refused to allow the latest march on safety grounds.
Sheung Shui boasts dozens of pharmacies and cosmetic stores that are hugely popular with mainland merchants who snap up goods in Hong Kong — where there is no sales tax — and resell them across the border.
China’s central government condemned on Tuesday the ransacking of Hong Kong’s legislature and said it backed the city authorities to investigate the “criminal responsibility of violent offenders.”
Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone has taken a dig at herself after comparing one of her looks with a mop.
Condemning the Dortmund decision, Shamsie said on Twitter that "it is a matter of great sadness to me that a jury should bow to pressure and withdraw a prize from a writer who is exercising her freedom of conscience and freedom of expression."
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