AP In this undated image made from video, members of CD REV chant about THAAD, the United States Army’s rocket defense system officially called Terminal High Elevation Area Defense. A rap group backed by China’s government is alerting South Korea in a video that “you’re going too far” with the deployment of a U.S. rocket defense system, as Beijing seeks to bring its state-supported cultural forces to bear in the international conflict.
Thursday, May 18, 2017|4:13 p.m.
BEIJING– A rap group backed by China’s federal government is alerting South Korea in a music video that “you’re going too far” with the implementation of a U.S. rocket defense system, as Beijing seeks to bring its state-supported cultural forces to bear in the worldwide conflict.
A member of the group CD REV said government authorities worked with them on the video and helped to promote it on foreign sites, much of which are blocked in China by main censors emboldened by the ruling Communist Party’s warnings against foreign “cultural seepage.”
In the song, group members chant that “about THAAD we state no, no, no,” a referral to the U.S. Army’s missile defense system formally called Terminal High Elevation Location Defense.
Later in the song, they refer to South Korea, saying, “this time, kid, you’re going too far” and “your big bro’s frustrated,” a nod to China’s view of itself as the pre-eminent political and economic power in northeast Asia.
Beijing vehemently opposes the rocket guard, saying its powerful radar will permit it to keep an eye on rocket launches, aircraft flights and other sensitive activities in northeastern China. South Korea and the United States say it is essential to guard against North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons activities that threaten South Korea, Japan, U.S. areas and perhaps even the continental United States.
CD REV’s Wang Zixin informed The Associated Press that the group wants to rally Chinese around the world versus the release of THAAD and show China’s “hard stance” on the issue.
“We would see government reports and comments, but at the very same time, we see the entire event from the position of Chinese,” Wang said.
In the video, the group also takes chance ats exactly what Wang referred to as “vulgar behavior” within China, such as vandalism against South Korean-made Hyundai automobiles.
The video– viewed by Wednesday more than 300,000 times on Facebook and Twitter and practically 2.7 million times on the Chinese video-posting website Maiopai– represents the current example of China’s use of non-diplomatic channels to transmit its annoyance with South Korea.
In 2015, there were reports that China had stopped giving approval to entertainers of Korean pop music, or “K-pop,” to play programs in China, on the heels of Seoul signing the arrangement to host THAAD. In March, South Korean officials voiced issues that Beijing was limiting tourism to their nation as an informal sanction.
South Korean merchant Lotte, which supplied the land for the THAAD release, has also been boycotted by Chinese consumers and seen building and construction stopped on an amusement park it was building in northeastern China.
Such moves highlight a desire on the part of China’s Communist Party leaders to fan the flames of anti-South Korea sentiment, stated Korea professional Sung-Yoon Lee of Tufts University in Massachusetts.
“THAAD retaliation is a Chinese government-engineered task,” Lee stated. “It can be managed and reversed by Beijing. … The Chinese public has no interest in the intricacies of rocket defense systems.”
South Korea’s foreign ministry did not right away react to questions about the song, and the video did not appear to gather much attention on the nation’s social networks platforms.
During a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping recently, South Korea’s brand-new president, Moon Jae-in, said he was aware of Chinese worries about THAAD and asked Xi to help solve difficulties facing South Korean companies running in China.
An unique envoy representing Moon is due to check out China on Thursday for talks on THAAD and the overall bilateral relationship.