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China blocks access to K-pop and K-drama streaming services

By yckim124   Monday, February 27, 2017   151,987   12,699   318
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People in China are blocked from accessing South Korean media. 


On February 26, Yonhap News reported that China has blocked online sharing platforms that allow access to Korean dramas and music. 


A Chinese website uploading K-dramas recently made an announcement on its Weibo account, stating that they will not be uploading videos of Korean entertainment for the time being, and added, "Everybody should be aware of the reason of this."


The blockage is assumed to be an anti-THAAD act to once again reflect China's strong opposition to the deployment of THAAD. 


SEE ALSO: THAAD leads to a stock price decline for major Korean Entertainment labels?


China's 'anti-hallyu' act has started in October of 2016 when the plans for THAAD were first announced. Appearances of Korean celebrities on Chinese broadcast has decreased and was eventually completely unseen following the issue involving THAAD. However, Chinese netizens still gained access to Korean dramas and TV shows through the online streaming services. Unfortunately, this access has now also been blocked. 


The continuous blocking of South Korean entertainment is expected to have a great negative impact on Korea; resulting in decrease in profits for Korean entertainment companies and decrease in overall popularity of Korean media in China. 

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    mb130 Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    lol you're messing with the wrong groups. No matter what you say, BTS and Big Bang are still more relevant than your faves whole existence. They are currently the biggest boy groups from Asia, and two of the biggest groups in the world. I don't say it, US Billboard and Forbes say it. I forgot EXO, they're also in the list.

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    mb130 Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    please, ignore this!!! I posted it in the wrong place. lol

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    Humanoids Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    Isn't this benefit to SM ent ? because Alibaba (huge chinese company) have 5% of SM ent shares.. so SM ent is not blocked in China, and Lay continu his promotion for EXO.. so it doesn't affect exol at all

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    Humanoids Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    I'm not sure about the pourcentage tho.. but I saw this on the news.. so

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    themsbabyg Humanoids Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    Blockage will also affects SM regardless the joint venture. Because its the country policy. Thats why the article says will affect profits of Korean ent labels.

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    Humanoids themsbabyg Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    yes, but it affects less exo than other kpop group

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    ACER12 Humanoids Friday, March 3, 2017

    i means exo can still sell millions of albums there but idk about having concerts there..

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    Humanoids Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    woah.. this is getting serious...It must really sucks to live in China but it's their own choice, the chinese citizens had choose to be communist and live with government restriction, so its their own fault..Thank you God, I am living in Free country ! I can say whatever I want, do whatever I want, watch whatever I want, listen to whatever I want.. We must be more thankful of our freedom ! This makes me love my country even more..

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    Skyepop Humanoids Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    Most Chinese alive today never made a choice to be communist, they were born into it and have spent their whole life being taught to follow the regieme. I'm also sure most Chinese people wouldn't say that their country sucks, whilst not having access to certain media may be annoying it's certainly not the end of the world.

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    Humanoids Skyepop Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    well.. of course it's not the end of the world.. North Koreans have even worse restrictions than Chinese and they look super happy.. I mean.. Yay it's my life and it's their lives.. I mean.. I'm just thankful to have my life, my country and my lifestyle.. like seriously I've took for granted basics things like Freedom.. but then I look at China or North Korea.. I am really thankful.. They might be happy to live their lives, and I wish so.. but honestly I'd rather die than live a life like that.. I just can't.. I'm too curious and thirsty of discroveries, adventures.. I love my Fredoom, nobody can take that from me.. I'd rather fight for it and die.

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    kdramafaaan Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    I too am grateful I live in a free country but it's not the peoples fault they live in a communist government. That's ignorant and biSed

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    themsbabyg Humanoids Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    The country maybe sucks but they are an emerging new economic power with vast market.

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    dirtywatermyface Humanoids Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    Thinking people choose dictatorial governments is ignorant as f*ck, girl. Anyway, I'm not triying to offend you, but most of people don't even have a choise in this kind of governments. Also, I feel really bad for the chinese people :(

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    Humanoids dirtywatermyface Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    I have talked to chinese student coming to study in my country (France) and 90% of them are happy with their government and happy with the communist party ! They told me : "China will become the n°1 power in the world, and we believe in our leaders to lead our country !" This is what they told me, so STOP being stupid to think that the chinese are stupid people because they're not, they are communist and choose it because they believe it is their best choice !

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    dirtywatermyface Humanoids Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    I never said they are stupids, and I don't know what chinese people you know, but most chinese people I know emigrates because they don't feel free in their country. Also, I said I was not trying to offend you but looks like you get butt hurt lmao

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    Humanoids dirtywatermyface Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    LOL I'm not butthurt omg ! and well.. actually I don't know anything about China, just I've talked to chinese student and this is what they told me, so this is why I think they like the communist party.. I don't know for the rest of the population but I suppose they are happy since they don't protest or show any sign of disagreement.

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    cherryflower0301 Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    This sucks for the fans

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    decromanger28 Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    South Korea giving its approval to place THAAD system in exchange for land swap is really a tactical decision and a win for them. They have ensured that they'll be able to defend themselves once that hydrogen bomb is released since North Korea's leader tends to be the unpredictable one.No wonder China is scared as a baby. South Korea has missiles capable of destroying any nuclear missiles that will be deployed by either North Korea or  China in case of escalation/war and they strike first by boycotting anything related to South Korea e.g. K-Pop. It's sad to see how the entertainment business is affected by political decisions of such madmen.

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    li_xiao_yan Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    This is sad. Ugh. I was just thinking of taking a job in China... I don't know if I could live in China without kdramas and kpop, my vitamins! ㅠㅠ How will they survive?! (and sad for Korea, because Korean stars get paid a whole lot more to work in China... :(  )

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    Thatty Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    I will just eat my popcorns

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    crystalCassie91 Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    Imagine you are an Army, and can never see BTS ever again, not even online.. Or you are an EXO L and can never see EXO ever again... Or whoever your bias is... You just can never see any kpop even again... That's just T^T

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    Humanoids crystalCassie91 Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    are you crazy ? Lay is almost everywhere in China and Alibaba have part of SM ent, so EXO have no problems at all.

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    Humanoids crystalCassie91 Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    There is not a single day in China where there isn't EXO being mentionned. EXO is accept as Cpop.

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    YoUrAvErAgEVIP Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    ...Why? Thats Money for china... Why?

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    annie007 YoUrAvErAgEVIP Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    well, when you have a rocket that can possibly reach into your own country, and it might kill some people, you do what you can. To not forget that China sends back to North Korea, the dissidents they catch on their territory. Also, in China is still a form of semi-Communism.

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    cabbagejuice Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    thats really gonna suck for t ara :(

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