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Chinese celebs boost nationalist rep with South China Sea dispute, piss people off

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So in case you hadn’t heard about some actually important news recently, China recently lost a maritime dispute with the Philippines in an international tribunal held at The Hague over their claim of basically all of the South China Sea.

The tribunal concluded that China doesn’t have the right to resources within its “nine-dash line,” which extends hundreds of miles to the south and east of its island province of Hainan and covers some 90% of the disputed waters.

To see how comical the claim was, we can take a look at the map.

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So basically, the whole damn thing because they need those fucking resources, man.

Naturally, China doesn’t give a shit about the ruling.

Chinese President Xi Jinping rejected the decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, which is likely to have lasting implications for the resource-rich hot spot, which sees $5 trillion worth of shipborne trade pass through each year. “China will never accept any claim or action based on those awards,” Xi said. China had boycotted the proceedings.

That basically sums up the stance that all Chinese are expected to take (especially public figures) or become traitors, and thus, we get Lay, Fei, Jia, Victoria, Cao Lu, Zhou Mi, Luhan, Tao, and Kris (and likely others) posting about it on social media. Even if they don’t believe in it, which they might, they essentially have to post about it or risk backlash worse than Tzuyu got.

Obviously non-Chinese people have not been happy about these celebs speaking out about the South China Sea dispute, not only in just the Philippines, but a lot of other countries in Southeast Asia since it affects them as well. So it’s a mess and it figures to be a mess going forward, especially if Korea and Japan get involved. As long as China maintains that celebs have to be nationalistic mouthpieces or have their careers ended by the mobs, celebs will be forced to parrot whatever or be branded traitors, but also those celebs with inevitably piss off other (smaller) markets with stances like this.

So it looks like fun times are ahead.

Good luck out there.

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