Several hit South Korean variety shows have been removed from major streaming platforms in China over the past two days.
This change comes on the heels of a continued worsening relationship between the two countries' entertainment industries after South Korea agreed to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, an advanced US missile defense system to which China is strongly opposed, in July of 2016.
Hit South Korean variety shows from this year, such as Running Man 2017, Journey to the West, 2 Days & 1 Night and Weekly Idol, that had been updated weekly since the beginning of the year have been removed in their entirety from major streaming platforms in the Chinese mainland.
South Korean shows prior to this year remain untouched.
Shows from South Korea have become extremely popular in the Chinese mainland over the past few years.
This led to many TV stations and streaming platforms purchasing the rights to create their own local versions of these variety shows for the Chinese market.
However, increased tensions between the two nations has led to fewer South Korean productions being shown in the Chinese mainland.