China rap­pers send mes­sage to Seoul

New Straits Times - - World -

BEIJING: A rap group backed by China’s gov­ern­ment is warn­ing South Korea in a mu­sic video that “you’re go­ing too far” with the de­ploy­ment of a United States mis­sile de­fence sys­tem, as Beijing seeks to bring its state-sup­ported cul­tural forces to bear in the in­ter­na­tional dis­pute.

In the song, group mem­bers chant “about THAAD we say no, no, no,” a ref­er­ence to the US Ter­mi­nal High Al­ti­tude Area De­fence sys­tem.

Later, they re­fer to South Korea, say­ing, “this time, kid, you’re go­ing too far” and “your big brother’s an­noyed”, a nod to China’s view of it­self as the po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic power in north­east Asia.

CD REV’s Wang Zixin said the group hoped to rally Chi­nese world­wide against the de­ploy­ment of THAAD and demon­strate China’s “tough stance” on the is­sue. The video has been viewed more than 300,000 times on Face­book and Twit­ter by yes­ter­day. AP

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