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[AP] falsely reports that China denied visas to Korean musicians for concert
The AP reported on Thursday that Jamal Rossi, dean of the Eastman School of Music, at the University of Rochester in New York, had canceled the Eastman Philharmonia's concert in China and was delaying the tour until all the orchestra members were able to go. Several South Korean newspapers quoted this information in reports of their own.
American news media played up the visa rejection as an extension of the ongoing US-China conflict into the arenas of culture and sports. The Chinese authorities recently cancelled broadcasts of NBA matches after the owner of the Houston Rockets basketball team tweeted his support for the Hong Kong protests.

But when South Korean diplomats looked into the situation, they learned that none of the participants in the concert, including the Koreans, had applied for Chinese visas yet. In other words, it's not true that the American orchestra members received their Chinese visas while Korean members were denied them.
During a Chinese Foreign Ministry press conference on Oct. 30, Spokesperson Geng Shuang was asked about the refusal of visas to the Korean members of the Eastman Philharmonia. With the caveat that he was "not aware of the situation," Shuang explained that "in 2018, about 9.5 million visits were made between China and the ROK [South Korea]. If China refuses to issue visas due to the THAAD issue as some claim," Geng continued, "how could those several million people have made it to China?"

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by Cat on Fri Nov 1st, 2019 at 08:37:21 PM EST
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