Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has been banned from performing in China, according to Beijing’s Culture Bureau.
In a statement, the ministry said it was not appropriate to allow in entertainers who have engaged in “bad behaviour.”
“Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer,” it added.
The statement was issued in response to a question recently submitted by a user of the bureau’s website.
“We hope that as Justin Bieber matures, he can continue to improve his own words and actions, and truly become a singer beloved by the public,” the statement said.
This hasn’t been the first time the Sorry singer has caused controversy in Asia.
In 2014, Bieber caused upset on social media after he posted a photo of himself visiting the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo.
The shrine honours fallen warriors and pays tribute to convicted war criminals but in China and South Korea, the shrine is seen as a symbol of Japan not being sorry for its empire’s past.
But despite the singer taking the photo down and apologising, the Chinese were outraged. Their foreign minister’s spokesperson said he hoped the singer had left Yasukuni with “a clear understanding of Japan’s history of invasion and militarism, and of the source of Japan’s militarism”.
Justin Bieber will be performing in Asia as part of his Purpose World Tour from September, and will be playing in Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia.
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