* Date : 2016-12-05
An Emergency Assessment of China's Hallyu Ban
On November 19th, word began to spread online and on social media in China that the largest-ever scale ban on Korean content was coming. Internet sources in China began to cover the news, in connection with the deployment of the THAAD missile defense battery in korea. When it became known that actor Song Joong-ki was replaced by a Taiwanese actor in a major Chinese smartphone commercial, concerns raised in August over a ban on Hally content re-emerged.
However, Chinese authorities have denied any knowledge of a Hallyu ban. We take a look at the reality of the situation, and what the response measures might entail.