South China Morning Post, 1 Jul - https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/k-pop/article/3139266/some-biggest-stars-china-come-k-pop-blackpinks-lisa-exos-lay-zhang
K-pop groups have largely been prevented from performing in China even though Chinese fans have shown a lot of love for K-pop. Yet Korean entertainment companies have various means to tap the sizeable Chinese audience, including partnerships. In 2019, for example, tech giant Tencent entered a partnership with K-pop label SM Entertainment soon after boy band WayV made their debut. “More interactions between two sides mean higher possibilities to generate conflicts; however, it does not mean that the two will stop if such interactions bring benefits to both,” says Sun Meicheng, a doctoral candidate in communication studies at Singapore’s WKWSCI, NTU.