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China: Around The Nation

THAAD? No thanks, say officially sanctioned Chinese rappers

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 May, 2017, 10:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 May, 2017, 10:00am

A group of young Chinese rappers have released a video that criticises the controversial US anti-missile defence system deployed in South Korea, and asks Seoul to give up its ties with the United States in favour of China, according to an overseas newspaper report.

The group CD REV last week posted online their latest work, No THAAD, reflecting China’s annoyance with the installation of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) anti-missile system in South Korea.

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Seoul and the US say the system is essential to defend the south against a surprise attack from the north, but Beijing says its powerful satellite and radar can peer deep inside China, posing a grave security risk.

The video was endorsed by the official social media account of the Communist Youth League, which has hailed the band as the “strongest voice of the young”.

The lyrics are in English and Chinese and a Facebook version of the video even includes Korean subtitles. It has had some 70,000 YouTube views and millions on China’s domestic platforms.

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The video opens with a television news bulletin about the THAAD deployment, with the rapper beginning: “How many times do I have to warn you my lovely little neighbour boy? You don’t really want that little toy. You know, big brother is annoyed.”

The lyrics refer to South Korea as “some 21st-century colony, some puppet committing felonies enough to make me sick”.

It scolds South Korea’s former president Park Geun-hye, who gave the green light for THAAD’s deployment against North Korea, saying “you always got so many faces”.

“Kid, you’re going too far. The things you’re doing now are gonna rip you apart,” then continues: “What’s Thaad? terminal what? It ain’t gonna terminate your problems.”

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The song finishes with “Why not choose us rather than Uncle Sam?”

The chorus ends: “No, I’m telling everybody all over the globe, about THAAD, we say no no no.”

The video is also critical of some Chinese who damage Korean products and implores people to stay calm.

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CD REV’s four members were born in the 1990s and come from Sichuan. They have released several “patriotic songs” online in which they defend China’s claims to Taiwan and South China Sea, praise Mao Zedong and slam the West’s “colour revolution” against China.

That said, the admit being influenced by American rappers Eminem and Dr Dre. They also say they want to fill the void left by official Chinese propaganda that fails to inspire young people.