From the New York Times:
Foreign entertainers who have taken part in activities that China deems a threat to its sovereignty will not be allowed to perform in the country, according to a new list of rules posted Thursday on the Web site of the Ministry of Culture.
The rules say that the background credentials of performers from foreign countries, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan will be scrutinized carefully. “Those who used to take part in activities that harm our nation’s sovereignty are firmly not allowed to perform in China,” the rules say.
They also call for banning performers who promote ethnic hatred or “advocate obscenity or feudalism and superstition.”
Of this story, a friend of ours in the local music biz said: “Nothing new there. This has always been the case — they just didn’t police it very well.” Very true. We count four artists listed here who have played in Mainland China in recent years. Sadly, Kenny G is not on the list.