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Lotte stores in China on lockdown due to THAAD issue

By KpopJoA   Thursday, March 9, 2017   28,114   147   154



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In the midst of prohibiting South Korean products as well as media blocking, Lotte Mart stores in China are now currently shut down due to the issue with the THAAD missile system deployment.

Korean chaebol Lotte had handed over land it owned to the South Korean government and this land will be used to construct the THAAD missile defense system. As of March 8, a total of 55 stores in China have been closed and more are being added to the list.  

Furthermore, it appears protests have broken out in China demanding things related to Korea leave the country as well as boycotting various products and entertainment.  Students, cab drivers, and workers from other backgrounds have led the upheaval.  From banning popular Korean dramas/variety shows from airing on national television, canceling celebrity performances to refusing to eat Korean BBQ or kimchi, China seems to be in a frenzy following the political decision.

However, some are still in favor of Korea, a 29-year-old named Zhang who is an avid fan of BTS commented, "These stars are just for entertainment, they don't want to engage in politics."   While others expressed frustration with the ban, "I've been hijacked of my patriotism," said Dong.

A poem seems to be circulating on social media websites pertaining to the Lotte riots illustrating the emotional distress caused by the event:

In the morning I hate America,

At noon I hate Korea,

In the evening, I hate Japan.

When I don't I have a lot of time, I squeeze in hate for Taiwan and Singapore.

At night when I dream, I hate Vietnam and the Philippines.

Despite the political scandal in Seoul, it seems some people in China still want to hold hands with South Korea.  However, at the same time, they are expecting South Korea to dismiss the missile defense system as it may cause havoc on China overall.

Ironically, this year also marks the 25th-anniversary of relations between China and South Korea.  Nonetheless, there is a clear division at the moment.

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Gr5y Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I don't agree with this. But I think China punished Lotte to warn the others. Cross China then prepare for the consequences.

allkpopellie Monday, March 13, 2017

That poem is so real, China is being annoying to so many countries, the country is having an existential and authority crisis. They can become like NK and close their borders, no import, no export, live on their own, no one going in, and no one going out. China won't be missed. Neighboring Asian countries would be thankful for that.

kdramafaaan Saturday, March 11, 2017

Tbh who the fuck cares. All allkpop does is feed this hate

mi_goreng Friday, March 10, 2017

china is the most annoying country honestly

jaja007 mi_goreng Saturday, March 11, 2017

funny, that's exactly what some japanese said about korea during the island and comfort women disputes

mi_goreng jaja007 Saturday, March 11, 2017

um ahahaha yay so funny

SunLightWorld Friday, March 10, 2017

Christmas will not come this year i guess. Everyone prepare for the Krampus comeback

LveKimTae Thursday, March 9, 2017

Man i'm so confused what's going on right chinese hate koreans or something and they don't want kpop or anything that's related to korea in their country? can someone plz explain in simple terms.

Winston LveKimTae Thursday, March 9, 2017

Simple terms, they want Korea to stop the THAAD deployment, which they consider it as a spying tool into China. if Korea does that, they will go back to loving Kpop and Kdramas again.

LveKimTae Winston Friday, March 10, 2017

ohhhhhhh ok i think i get it now lol thank u

smokeee LveKimTae Friday, March 10, 2017

and dont believe half the people here. this place is filled with bias chinese people, or low IQ's who think America and SKorea are the bad guys, and China/Russia/NKorea are the good guys lol.

northstars LveKimTae Friday, March 10, 2017

People in China are slaves. They aren't allowed to think or speak freely. The sooner China is overthrown, the sooner there will be peace in Asia. China's government is run by murderers and criminals.

krell smokeee Friday, March 10, 2017

I *suspect* that a *vast* MAJORITY of non-PRChina but ASIAN nation users of AKP, do *not* regard the USA and S.KOREA as 'the bad guys.' It is rather a question of WHO does actually POST MESSAGES on AKP. Which, those with some 'gripe' TEND to be those who actually POST messages. So, you get a 'skewed perception' of how most people feel about a given issue.

Alastair northstars Friday, March 10, 2017

You really need to talk to more Chinese people because that's far from the truth. The Chinese people are pretty aware of what the government is doing and there are those that oppose but they really can't do anything about it.

krell Alastair Friday, March 10, 2017

PRChina is *not* so far removed in years from MAO and the CULTURAL REVOLUTION days of TYRANNY (1966-1975). My guess, the average PRChina citizen is CAREFUL to *not* end up on the 'wrong side' of some political issue.

jaja007 northstars Wednesday, March 15, 2017

@northstar: islamic terrorists will be waiting to take over China amidst chaos once their government is overthrown. if the aftermath of Saddam Hussein's overthrow is bad, this would be 10 times worse.

krell jaja007 Wednesday, March 15, 2017

@jaja007 <-- Muslim Religion is only like 2% of the PRChina population. And that MUSLIM percentage is *concentrated* in the RURAL 'Mongol' Western area of CHINA ; *not* the COASTAL areas. I do *not* see that MUSLIMS are much of a 'take over threat' to PRChina. But others can see it as they choose.

northstars jaja007 Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Good! The US can't go in there and overthrow China like they want to. However, if terrorists take over, the USA and every other democratic has every right to go into China and bring democracy to China. China is no good to the world currently. They know it and everyone else knows it too!

jaja007 northstars Thursday, March 16, 2017

US tried to bring democracy to Iraq and Afghanistan. Look how well that turned out. Better try stabilizing those countries before destabilizing another one.

jaja007 krell Thursday, March 16, 2017

You're forgetting the Uighur separatists are intent on fomenting problems . Once China gets chaotic, the Uighur extremists will ally with the Al Quaida offshoots. god help all of Asia when that happens.

krell jaja007 Thursday, March 16, 2017

@jaja007 <-- Again, I am really *not* seeing your viewpoint as being all that valid. But you may have some 'insights' that are *far better* than mine on what happens in PRChina.

jaja007 krell Friday, March 17, 2017

a news report in western media claimed the islamlic revolutionaries were declaring war on china. from that standpoint, it's understandable about PRC concern about uiyghur separatists joining forces with them.

krell jaja007 Friday, March 17, 2017

@jaja007 <-- Okay!

smokeee Thursday, March 9, 2017

its funny to me how China is more willing to punish SKorea for missile defense protection against crazy NKorea doing something, but are unwilling to punish NKorea for causing the instability and fear in the region.  China is such a shitty brainwashed nationalistic country run by bullies who control everyones thinking there.  it sux SKorea is already going thru a recession where China is hitting their economy at the worst moments.  I really hope the US gets involved and starts pushing back at China, including punishing them for all of their intellectual theft and manipulation of currency.  China is going to get whats coming sooner or later if there is such a thing as karma.

YuzuO_O smokeee Thursday, March 9, 2017

nkorea never successfully landed anything in skorea though...its reasonable for chinese ppl to think that thaad is more for chinas sake.

smokeee YuzuO_O Friday, March 10, 2017

they dont have to, the near reaches and threats send a obvious message. i mean are they supposed to wait to actually get hit to protect themselves? thats ridiculous. And nor has any missile defense system from a small azn country been a threat to gigantic china. why do they have the right to be so afraid and paranoid of a missle defense system but SKorea can't be afraid of missiles? isnt that a double standard?

junxxmin smokeee Friday, March 10, 2017

you're right, but America won't do anything. They're the country that ignores Taiwan's independence because they want to trade with China. If the US takes s.korea's side and tells China they're wrong China won't back down. It's the sad trend in politics, never admit you're wrong and never take back what you did no matter how STUPID it is. Every country does it in different scales, but China has so many people, they produce so much, they're increasingly becoming a huge world power and the leaders act like CHILDREN despite always boasting about how the "meritocracy" works and gives the most qualified power. it's honestly pretentious BS but a firewall that basically blocks outside information and news prevents chinese people from having enough information to reform. And you're right again about the missiles, North Korea just landed on in Japan's territorial waters, they're literally the biggest threat in asia, arguably the world, and China closes their eyes to them under the idea that both are "communist" it's sick (cough, @YuzuO_O). Reading your comments were @smokeee were refreshing, it's good to see some people have intelligent thought left

Alastair smokeee Friday, March 10, 2017

The US can't do anything to China b/c everything is made in China. China can't do anything to the US b/c it get's a lot of business from American companies. Next best thing China can do is punish an ally, and that happens to be SK. I doubt the US will help SK if its economy slows down due to China's boycott of Korean products.

allkpopellie Alastair Monday, March 13, 2017

We were discussing that with import export merchants, right now I don't think SK or Taiwan care so much about their economy slowing down because of China, because they rather have a political alliance with the US than with China in the prospect of a war with NK. Taiwan rather starve than deal with China. The political tension are affecting wholesale customers services.

jaja007 smokeee Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Thaad is reminiscent of the Cuban missile crisis of 1959 when the USA threw a hissy fit when Russia placed missiles in Cuba. The US has succeeded in her strategy to drive a wedge between SK and China, creating the opportunity to unite SK and Japan to contain China. If SK would drop claims to Dokdo and forget about the comfort women, the US strategy would be a complete success. They'll supply the arms and the Japanese, Koreans, Vietnamese and Filipinos could do the fighting.

Kingofallnations Thursday, March 9, 2017

China is being a bully. Unfortunately their huge influence in various Asian countries' economics is too great to go against them. Hope they strongly resist though

vaxanne Thursday, March 9, 2017

A battle between national security and commerce, ideally both but China is not going to budge because it benefits her nothing.

808b vaxanne Friday, March 10, 2017

CN biggest trading partner is the US. Korea is just dumb enough to be caught in between a friction.

allkpopellie 808b Monday, March 13, 2017

Agree if the US was acting up like China, no Chinese artists to perform in the US, no import from China, wow China would be in deep pain. You never know with Trump now, who knows. Also I believe that SK rather lose some money and have the US jumps in in case of a war with NK, China supplies NK with foods etc., China doesn't want SK to ally with the US because the US is a strong ally. Two big blocks head to head.

jaja007 allkpopellie Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The US banned "French" fries when France protested the American invasion of Iraq.

allkpopellie jaja007 Thursday, March 16, 2017

It shows how bright and intelligent the US leaders are lol, if I remember well, the American language has French, Greek, and Germanic roots.

Winston Thursday, March 9, 2017

While USA seems to be "helping" S.Korea to defend itself from N.Korea missile "threats" i see USA putting THAAD in S.Korea more of a way of getting back at China. its like telling someone, you need to put a CCTV at your front door so that people wont steal your car or break in, but in reality the CCTV's purpose is to check who goes in and out of your neighbor's front door. In return, the annoyed neighbour boycotts the other person's products, and the person who deployed the CCTV, sits and watches the 2 bicker and fight while watching from the CCTV footage, munching popcorns.

ddttbb Winston Thursday, March 9, 2017

yep, true this. SK is stuck between China & USA, being bullied from both sides. Hopefully the upcoming new president of SK would be someone that could overturn the situation.

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