Reasons for the abrupt and shocking cancellation of the official DPRK girl group’s performances in Beijing may now have come to light. Reportedly, the Moranbong Band’s visit to China was terminated once North Korea learned that Chinese President Xi Jinping would not be attending their concert.
According to a Chinese government official spilling the tea to South Korea’s Yonhap News, Kim Jong-un was disappointed by a change of plans that would see attendance from a mere lower-ranking official from the Communist Party’s politburo.
Strangely enough, said plans were purportedly changed on Thursday when Kim Jong-un announced his country’s new deployment of a hydrogen bomb.
Official Chinese media are neither confirming nor denying grounds for the concerts’ cancellation, with state-run Xinhua News modestly describing the whole kerfuffle as “communication issues at the working level.”
Among such “communication issues” may have included China’s requested lyrical changes in one of the pop group’s more propagandist numbers.
An expert on North Korean administration, Toshitmitsu Shigemura, gave his two cents on the situation to the Telegraph:
Only Mr Kim has the power to order such a drastic course of action. He will have been angry at this very public dismissal. But I also understand that Mr Kim was using the visit to negotiate a state visit to Beijing. The Chinese side rejected that proposal and that has made Mr Kim even more angry.
While making Kim Jong-un angry is probably not the wisest idea at this particular point in time, China has even begun online censoring of the Moranbong Band.
And it wasn’t too long ago that China was using its powers of internet management to defend Kim’s honour from boisterous netizens.
Here’s the Moranbong Band with another stirring performance China may now never get to see live:
By Pinky Latt
[Images via Xinhua]