The influence of Korean Pop Culture or K-Pop has reached different parts of the globe, but with the intensifying tension within the Korean peninsula, popular South Korean stars such as Song Joong Ki, Song Hye Kyo, or the boyband group Bigbang, could be the likely targets of any attack if World War 3 ensues.
This may be farfetched to many, reports are starting to indicate that even the entertainment industry is taking the toll from the tension in the region now that China plans to restrict access of media featuring South Korean stars.
One must be aware that China is one of the major benefactors, along with Russia, of North Korea. The two Koreas are, in principle, remained at war with each other with only an armistice deal has been signed during the outset of the World War II.
No More Song Joong Ki, Song Hye Kyo in China?
China’s restrictive measures on K-Pop stars was sparked by South Korea’s plan to station a US-developed missile shield. The the South China Morning Post reported that Chinese media authorities have already cautioned local networks that TV shows featuring South Korean Stars would no longer be approved.
“They told us to postpone any plans for new programs that involve South Korean stars or copyright for South Korean TV shows. They said we would not get approval, even if we made such plans,” the source told the SCMP.
To illustrate how powerful China’s planned restriction on South Korean stars in its leading media, shares of leading South Korean recording studio and entertainment companies have recorded significant drops. This came immediately after China announced that it planned to restrict access to South Korean media content, the Bloomberg reported.
K-Pop stars banned in China
China is not new to its restrictive measure, especially in any technology that it deemed would cause public unrest and would destabilize order in the communist government. Twitter, for example, has been banned all over China for years already.
“Although it isn’t confirmed, there seems to be uncertainty among investors. South Korean entertainment companies are mostly relying on businesses in China, and if they can’t do a large-scale concert or show, it would be a problem for them,” said Hyun Choi, of the Baring Asset Management Korea Ltd. in Seoul as quoted by the Bloomberg.
To make the already complex issue even worse, Russia has signaled its involvement in launching campaigns against South Korea’s plan to station US missile in Seoul. The Sputnik reported that the plan would threaten the stability and security in the region.
Russia & China, two strong allies, have long been perceived as threat by the United States and vice versa. The relations among these 3 superpowers are in a very tensed state with war analysts perceiving a looming World War 3 to be participated by these 3 nations.
U.S. and China are highly involved in the contested South China Sea. On the other hand, America – with its equally powerful ally, NATO – and President Vladimir Putin have long been at odds against each other since Putin’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014.
“There is concern on both sides [in Russia and China] about the US-South Korean decision to deploy THAAD missiles in the country’s south. Such actions by the US and South Korea do not correspond to their stated goals and threaten to deal serious damage to the strategic security of neighboring countries, including China and Russia, and worsen the situation in the country,”Russian defense secretary was quoted as saying by Sputnik.