It appears Chinese media outlets have deleted the articles criticizing BTS.
Global Times, the Chinese news media outlet that reported the Chinese netizens were angry over BTS's speech about the Korena War, apparently deleted the article.
When 'BTS' is searched on Baidu while linking to the Global Times official website, only the title of the article can be seen. When the article is clicked on a 404 message pops up saying "Sorry, there is a large number of users" and the content is inaccessible.
In addition, there are no new malicious comments or negative postings about BTS on social media including Weibo except for the existing posts.
This is believed to be due to the Chinese authorities' voluntary efforts to deal with concerns over international criticism. Many have criticized that the Chinese netizens are overreacting.
Instead of the previous article criticizing BTS, the Global Times published an article with the provocative title "BTS did not do anything wrong, they don't need Chinese fans" on October 14.
While the Chinese authorities have been attempting to settle the matter on the Chinese netizen's opposition to BTS's acceptance speech at the Van Fleet Award, the Global Times seems to try to rekindle the feud.
On October 14, the Global Times published an article covering the reaction of Korean netizens and how the Korean media mainly reported the negative reaction to Chinese netizens' opposition to BTS's remark. The Global Times stated that the Korean netizens see the Chinese netizens' reaction as a "Chauvinism (Aggressive Patriotism)."
The Global Times reported that major Korean media outlets had published articles with titles stating "China is overreacting" and "China's media incite public opinion". They also stated that Korean netizens have commented saying, "BTS did nothing wrong, they don't need Chinese fans".
The Global Times reported that the comments with the most likes are the comments that are argumentative towards China. They also revealed that a researcher at a Korean securities company stated that BTS does not depend on the Chinese market that much. Also, that BTS are global stars, therefore, there is no significant impact on Big Hit Entertainment's IPO.
It seems that the Global Times is attempting to stimulate the Chinese netizens' patriotism and nationalist sentiment once again by reporting the Korean netizens' reactions.
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