China dissatisfied with Bjork's Shanghai concert

Updated: 2008-03-07 22:47

BEIJING -- China's Ministry of Culture said Friday it will investigate into Icelandic singer Bjork's Shanghai concert during which she shouted "Tibet" at the end of an unapproved song, "Declare Independence".

Bjork's "political show has not only broken Chinese laws and regulations and hurt the feeling of Chinese people, but also went against the professional code of an artist," the ministry said on its website.

The ministry said it will handle the matter according to the law upon the completion of its probe.

It said Bjork's behavior on March 2 has aroused strong resentment of the Chinese public, adding "we have expressed our strong dissatisfaction towards this incident in many ways and through several channels."

The ministry said Tibet has been an inalienable part of China since ancient time, a fact that is widely recognized by the international society including Iceland.

"Any attempt to separate Tibet from China will definitely be opposed by the Chinese people and all righteous people across the world", the ministry said.

It said it will tighten the scrutiny of foreign artistic groups coming for performance in China to prevent similar incidents from happening again.

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