As the tensions intensify between China and Japan’s dispute over the Diaoyu Islands, many Chinese artists have expressed their support for China.
Earlier, Li Bingbing (李冰冰) refused to attend the premier of Resident Evil: Retribution in Tokyo, citing her stance over the disputed islands in the East China Sea. Simon Yam (任達華) also indicated that he would not act in any Japanese films and will boycott Japanese products until the dispute is resolved. After a backlash for filming Japanese movie 1905, Tony Leung (梁朝伟) will also put filming on hold indefinitely.
Yesterday, China Radio and Television Association (CRTA) released a public statement to support China in the territorial disputes. CRTA Chairman, Tang Guoqiang (唐國強) led 255 artists including Li Bingbing, Faye Wong (王菲), William Feng (馮紹峰), Jay Chou (周杰倫), Chow Yun Fat (周潤發), Raymond Lam (林峰) and Donnie Yen (甄子丹) to pledge their support for the Chinese government in the sovereignty claims of the Diaoyu Islands.
An Excerpt of the CRTA Statement
The Japanese government announced the purchase of the Diaoyu Islands without considering China’s strong objections and negotiating further with China. Japan’s insistence to nationalize the Diaoyu Islands is a serious violation of territory sovereignty, a breach of international conventions and a provocation towards China. This will damage the Sino-Japanese ties and affect the world peace development. In response to this, China Radio and Television Association’s members expressed strong indignation and severe reprimand.
The Diaoyu Islands belong to the Chinese territory since the ancient times. The Chinese made early discovery on the islands; named them and used them. Therefore, China has irrefutable history and legal basis. The Japanese government is out to destroy our thoughts, alienate away from the facts, purchasing and nationalize the Diaoyu Islands at the expense of damaging Sino-Japanese ties. The unilateral action is illegal and invalid and will not shake China’s divine sovereignty over Diaoyu Islands.
List of Chinese artists
The 255 CRTA members who issued the public statement include a mixture of artists from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan in the film, television and singing industry. Some of the list of artists is as follows:
Chinese Artists: Li Bingbing, Faye Wong, William Feng, Fang Bingbing (范冰冰), Hu Jun(胡軍), Gao Yuanyuan (高圓圓), Huang Xiaoming (黃曉明), Li Chen (李晨), Ma Su(馬蘇)
Hong Kong Artists: Louis Koo (古天樂), Ray Lui (呂良偉), Shawn Yue (余文樂), Coco Lee (李玟), Chow Yun fat, Raymond Lam(林峰), Gallen Lo (羅嘉良), Ekin Cheng(鄭伊健), Myolie Wu (胡杏兒), Eric Tsang(曾志偉), Donnie Yen
Taiwanese Artists: Jay Chou, Ken Chu (朱孝天), Alec Su (蘇有朋), Emil Chau(周華健), Vic Chou(周渝民), Chiling Lin(林志玲)
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