“Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer,” they concluded. However, Beijing’s culture bureau made it clear it was not saying never to the Canadian artist: “We hope Justin Bieber is able to improve his conduct as he grows up and will once again find public favour.” The government has previously barred artists for their support of Tibetan independence and its exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
Justin Bieber in China (image on Twitter)
Bieber will jet into Asia later this year as part of his Purpose World Tour which has been described as a “world apology tour” for his past actions, with shows scheduled in Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong. The singer has made headlines in recent years. The most infamous was his arrest in 2014 for drunk drag racing in a rented Lamborghini as well as multiple alleged incidents of assault and vandalism. Bieber performed in China in October 2013. He also previously expressed sympathy to Asia big countries saying on Instagram: “I love you China and I love you Japan.”