Justin Bieber Not Welcome In China
SAN FRANCISCO, July 21, (THEWILL) – Chinese authorities have declared that pop idol, Justin Bieber, is not welcome to perform in China because of his bad behaviour after Bieber angered many Chinese fans in 2014 by visiting a controversial Japanese war shrine
The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture declared it was not a “Belieber” when it said the 23-year-old Canadian, who last played in the country in 2013, had a lot of growing up to do if he wanted to return.
The information came after Chinese fans posted comments on the agency's website seeking to know when Bieber would be allowed to perform in China again.
“It is inappropriate to introduce bad behaviour into the performing arts” it said.
“We hope Justin Bieber can improve his words and deeds in the process of growing up and become a singer people really like.”
Although, the Beijing cultural bureau did not specifically mention Bieber's 2014 visit to Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, which honours millions of mostly Japanese war dead, including convicted World War II war criminals, it has never hidden it’s disdain for the shrine.
The shrine is seen across Asia as a symbol of Japan's perceived lack of penitence for its past imperialist aggression, under which China, in particular, suffered heavily.
Shortly after his trip, Bieber, however, issued an apology to scandalised Chinese fans, saying he was “mislead to think the shrines were only a place of prayer.”