China defends right to issue visas as Hadid, Perry skip Shanghai fashion show

By Zhao Yusha Source:Global Times Published: 2017/11/20 22:23:39

China said it has the right to decide whether to grant visas to foreign citizens based on its laws and regulations, after model Gigi Hadid and singer Katy Perry confirmed they would not attend the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2017 in Shanghai.

Fifty-five Victoria's Secret models will participate in the show, according to a statement sent to the Global Times by the show's organizer.

But supermodel Gigi Hadid and singer Katy Perry were not on the list.

Many people believe there could be political reasons for their absence. But the official statement did not explain their absence.

In February, Hadid released a video showing her squinting her eyes to imitate Asians. Two years ago when Perry performed in Taiwan, she draped herself in a Taiwan flag and wore a dress featuring sunflower appliqués.  Mainland netizens were strongly displeased by this behavior.

China welcomes foreign citizens to conduct normal trade and activities such as tourism and culture in China. But as a sovereign state, China can decide whether to issue visas to foreign citizens according to its laws and regulations, China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at a Monday conference.

Although Hadid apologized and Perry said last month she would abide by Chinese laws and regulations when performing in China, it seems anger against them on Chinese social media has not subsided.

If you want to earn money in China, you have to respect China's national interests, Shen Yi, deputy director of the cyberspace management center of Fudan University, told the Global Times.

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