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Foreign acts banned after Bjork debacle|
From correspondents in Beijing
July 18, 2008 12:02am
CHINA has announced a ban all entertainers from overseas, Hong Kong and T iw n who have ever attended activities that threaten national sovereignty after an outburst by Icelandic singer Bjork.
Earlier this year, Bjork shouted T b T! T b T! at a Shanghai concert having performed her song Declare Independence, which she has used in the past to promote independence movements in other places such as Kosovo.
China has ruled T b T with an iron hand since its troops marched into the Himalayan region in 1950, and swiftly condemns any challenge to its authority there.
Any artistic group or individual who have ever engaged in activities which threaten our national sovereignty will not be allowed in, the Ministry of Culture said in a statement on its website.
During performances, entertainers who threaten national unity, whip up ethnic hatred, violate religious policy or cultural norms or advocate obscenity or feudalism and superstition, will also be banned, the rules state.
The new rules come on top of Beijing banning pop festivals and tightening approvals for outdoor events in the months leading up to the Olympics, where it fears security threats from unruly crowds and potential protesters.
Even encores need to be approved in advance.
Nothing that has not been approved will be allowed to be performed, it said.
Though the issue burst into the international spotlight after the Bjork case, which prompted an angry rebuke from China, singers from the much freer and more open ethnically Chinese societies of Hong Kong and T iw n are more normal targets of ire.
China banned the hugely popular T iw n pop star Chang Hui-mei for a year after she sang the self-ruled islands anthem at T iw n President Chen Shui-bians inauguration in 2000. China considers T iw n its sovereign territory.
She was later forgiven, though, and allowed back into China.