By: Christie Chen
Taipei, Jan. 14 (CNA) Tzuyu (周子瑜), the only Taiwanese member of South
Korean girl group Twice, has lost a deal for the endorsement of a smartphone produced by the Chinese company Huawei, in a controversy involving her display of the Republic of China (Taiwan) flag on a television show, South Korean media reported Thursday.
As of Jan. 12, cellular carrier LG Uplus, which markets the Huawei Y6 phone in South Korea, had suspended all cooperation with Tzuyu and her management company on Huawei products, the South Korean newspaper the Chosun Ilbo reported, citing a Huawei executive.
The paper cited Glory Zhang, chief marketing officer of Huawei’s consumer business group, as saying in a microblog on Jan. 12 that Huawei had strongly advised LG Uplus to suspend its cooperation with Tzuyu because the star’s “recent remarks had seriously hurt the feelings of the Chinese people.” [FULL STORY]