China Just Wants K-Pop

Chinese enthusiasm for Korean culture is hard to exaggerate. A diplomatic row won't change that.

Huge in China.

Photographer: Starnews/AFP

South Korean soap stars are unlikely geopolitical pawns. But with the Chinese government furious over South Korea's decision to host a U.S. anti-missile battery on its soil, that's exactly what they're becoming. In the past week, public appearances by Korean television and music stars have been postponed and even canceled in China, while shares in some of South Korea's biggest entertainment companies have sunk over fears that the country's cultural exports are now in the line of fire.

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