As one of the coolest and most low key Korean stars, it’s rare for So Ji Sub to be holding wide spread fan meetings across Asia but that’s what’s coming in March as he celebrates his 20th anniversary since debut. So Ji Sub’s fan meeting will take him from Japan to Taiwan to Hong Kong and end in Seoul, but the latest hiccup is yet another China “talk to the hand” move. So Ji Sub’s stop in Guangzhou China in April is likely to be canceled because his agency still has not received permission for him to hold the event and repeated requests keep getting delayed. China’s unofficial but clearly pervasive Hallyu ban is how headed into it’s 7th month and still causing headaches for both sides, the Korean stars who can’t do events there and the Chinese fans wanting to consume their favorite Korean entertainment.
In addition to So Ji Sub’s face palm by the Chinese government, the beef over THAAD has reportedly led to the closures of dozens of Lotte Duty Free Stores in China and Chinese airports. The Lotte conglomerate donated land to the South Korean government to be used to build the THAAD system on so China is purposely targeting Lotte even more harshly.