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Katy Perry performs in concert during her "Witness: The Tour" at The Wells Fargo Center on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

Katy Perry was reportedly banned from China


Singer Katy Perry has been banned indefinitely from China ahead of a scheduled performance there, according to The New York Post.

The Post on Thursday reported that Perry was slated to perform at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai Monday.

Sources told The Post, however, that Chinese officials had denied Perry a visa for entering the communist nation.

“She was initially granted a visa to perform at the VS show in Shanghai, then Chinese officials changed their minds and yanked her visa,” one source said.

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“For every artist who wants to perform in China, officials comb through their social-media and press reports to see if they have done anything deemed to be offensive to the country,” they added.

“[Pop rock band] Maroon 5 was banned a few years ago because one band member wished the Dalai Lama a happy birthday on Twitter.”

China’s government reversed its decision to let Perry have access to the Asian country after learning of an incident involving her in 2015.

Perry wore a bright, glittery dress adorned with sunflowers during a concert that year in Taipei, the capital city of nearby Taiwan.

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The musician’s attire sparked controversy as anti-China protesters had adopted the sunflower as a symbol the year before.

Perry also waved a Taiwanese flag during her performance in a show of support for the island nation.

China views Taiwan as a breakaway province, and the U.S. has long practiced a “one China” policy dictating that it will not establish formal relations with the latter’s government.

Singer Harry Styles will replace Perry during Monday’s fashion show, which has also struggled with getting access for some of its participating models into China.

Victoria’s Secret models Gigi Hadid, Adriana Lima, Irina Sharipova, Kate Grigorieva and Julia Belyakova have all been denied entry into China before the upcoming show.

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