K-pop power is prevalent in China but the industry is at the mercy of China-South Korea relations. Here, a man walks past a poster showing K-pop group BTS members at a shopping district in Seoul on October 15, 2020, around the time Chinese netizens became enraged by singer RM’s comments about the Korean war. Photo: AFP K-pop power is prevalent in China but the industry is at the mercy of China-South Korea relations. Here, a man walks past a poster showing K-pop group BTS members at a shopping district in Seoul on October 15, 2020, around the time Chinese netizens became enraged by singer RM’s comments about the Korean war. Photo: AFP
K-pop power is prevalent in China but the industry is at the mercy of China-South Korea relations. Here, a man walks past a poster showing K-pop group BTS members at a shopping district in Seoul on October 15, 2020, around the time Chinese netizens became enraged by singer RM’s comments about the Korean war. Photo: AFP

What happens when South Korea’s K-pop meets the Communist Party of China?

  • Many Chinese millennials are obsessed by Korean boy and girl bands but K-pop has been turned into a political hot potato by Beijing
  • The 121,000 Koreans living in China are having their loyalty tested by the countries’ political systems and view of the US

Topic |   South Korea
K-pop power is prevalent in China but the industry is at the mercy of China-South Korea relations. Here, a man walks past a poster showing K-pop group BTS members at a shopping district in Seoul on October 15, 2020, around the time Chinese netizens became enraged by singer RM’s comments about the Korean war. Photo: AFP K-pop power is prevalent in China but the industry is at the mercy of China-South Korea relations. Here, a man walks past a poster showing K-pop group BTS members at a shopping district in Seoul on October 15, 2020, around the time Chinese netizens became enraged by singer RM’s comments about the Korean war. Photo: AFP
K-pop power is prevalent in China but the industry is at the mercy of China-South Korea relations. Here, a man walks past a poster showing K-pop group BTS members at a shopping district in Seoul on October 15, 2020, around the time Chinese netizens became enraged by singer RM’s comments about the Korean war. Photo: AFP
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