Bieber not wel­come to per­form in China

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Justin Bieber is not wel­come to per­form in China be­cause of his "bad be­hav­ior", Bei­jing au­thor­i­ties have said, af­ter the pop idol an­gered many Chi­nese in 2014 by vis­it­ing a con­tro­ver­sial Ja­panese war shrine. The Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Bu­reau of Cul­ture re­vealed it was not a "Belieber" when it said the 23year-old Cana­dian, who last played in the coun­try in 2013, had a lot of grow­ing up to do if he wanted to re­turn. The state­ment came af­ter Chi­nese fans posted com­ments on the agency's web­site de­mand­ing to know when their heart-throb would be al­lowed to per­form in China again.

It is "in­ap­pro­pri­ate to in­tro­duce bad be­hav­ior into the per­form­ing arts" it said, call­ing the per­former out for his an­tics and urg­ing him to turn over a new leaf. "We hope Justin Bieber can im­prove his words and deeds in the process of grow­ing up and be­come a singer peo­ple re­ally like." The singer re­cently helped hit sin­gle "Des­pac­ito", orig­i­nally re­leased by Luis Fonsi in Jan­uary be­fore Bieber came out with a remix two months later, achieve 4.6 bil­lion streams, ac­cord­ing to the Uni­ver­sal Mu­sic Group. The Bei­jing cul­tural bu­reau did not specif­i­cally men­tion Bieber's 2014 visit to Tokyo's Ya­sukuni Shrine, which hon­ors mil­lions of mostly Ja­panese war dead, in­clud­ing con­victed World War II war crim­i­nals. 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, the singer be­hind the hit song "Sorry" is­sued an apol­ogy to scan­dal­ized Chi­nese fans, say­ing he was "mis­lead to think the shrines were only a place of prayer".

But some have never for­given him. "Any­one who knows and then vis­its the Ya­sukuni Shrine is an­noy­ing," a user called Qiao At­ing wrote on China's Twit­ter-like Weibo web­site on Fri­day. An­other Weibo post agreed: "It's good he's not com­ing. He is a bad boy." Fan Ji­ayi, a jew­ellery de­signer in Shang­hai, told AFP she sup­ported the au­thor­i­ties' stance, say­ing: "I do not think the gov­ern­ment would re­ject him un­less there was a big prob­lem." Bieber is due to per­form in Hong Kong in Septem­ber as part of his "Pur­pose Tour".

Big-name Western acts have in the past been banned from per­form­ing in main­land China over po­lit­i­cal ges­tures. Ma­roon 5 can­celled a con­cert in 2015 af­ter au­thor­i­ties re­fused per­mis­sion be­cause a band mem­ber had met the Dalai Lama, whom Bei­jing views as a sep­a­ratist threat. Later the same year Amer­i­can rock group Bon Jovi-who have in­cluded im­agery of the Dalai Lama in a show abruptly scrapped two dates in Bei­jing and Shang­hai.

— AFP

This file photo shows Cana­dian singer Justin Bieber per­form­ing on stage at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris.

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