Korean stars are still popular and widely represented in China, even though the official atmosphere is thick with mutual suspicion after Korea decided to deploy a U.S. Terminal High-Altitude Defense battery.
On Wednesday the Beijing Youth Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Youth League, felt moved to deny rumors that programs featuring Korean stars are being canceled on Chinese TV.
The rumors said Beijing would limit appearances by Korean TV and movie stars on state-run channels.
The daily said it checked with various media outlets and the rumors were false.
Indeed, a Chinese movie starring Korean singer Hwang Chi-yeol previewed on Monday and will hit theaters on Friday. Another movie featuring Seungri of boy band Big Bang continues filming in Hong Kong.
However, Hong Kong's South China Morning Post, which is marginally freer of state control, quoted broadcasting sources in Guangdong as saying government officials gave orders to limit appearances of Korean stars.
Meanwhile, China's Global Times quoted Korean reports that Korean stars are bracing for retaliatory measures over the THAAD decision but added they were probably due to a guilty conscience.
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