tirsdag 7. september 2021

Entertainment stars face citizenship dilemma in China

The push for pop stars who work in mainland China to get rid of their foreign passports has increased after Hong Kong actor Nicolas Tse told state media he was renouncing his Canadian citizenship. Tse, 40, was among nine movie and TV stars urged by netizens recently to cancel their foreign nationalities if they still wanted to make money in mainland China, according to an unofficial list widely circulated on social media after Chinese actress Zheng Shuang was fined 299 million yuan (US$46.3 million) for tax evasion in late August.

An academic warned that xenophobic sentiment in mainland China could spill from the entertainment sector to other industries amid rising political tensions between the country and western powers, especially after a hardline commentary warned recently that the US had launched a color revolution against China through different channels.