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Jun Ji Hyun and Kim Soo Hyun Wants to End Contract with Chinese Water Company after being Caught in a Controversy

The two stars from "Man From the Stars" wants their contract terminated from the Chinese water company that was caught in controversy

Jun 23, 2014 03:51 PM BST
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Jun Ji Hyun and Kim Soo Hyun
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Jun Ji Hyun and Kim Soo Hyun, the stars of the popular hit drama, “Man from the Stars,” has been recently caught in controversy with regards to their recent endorsement with Hongda Group’s mineral water company Hongda Bingchuan (恒大氷泉).

The issue is due to the fact that the source of the water has been named as Changbai Mountain. Changbai is the Chinese name for Baekdu Mountain, which is a mountain between the border of North Korea and China. This arose as a problem, as many think of this as stemming from China’s Northeast Project, which is a project that claims to prove that historical Korean kingdoms were part of and under China's control. The issue is a political one, having a lot of voices having their opinion that the choice of naming the mountain Changbai instead of Baekdu is an attempt to express the area around the mountain as under Chinese influence. Furthermore, there has been a though that Kim Soo Hyun and Jun Ji Hyun are being used as tools in China’s Northeast Project.

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After issuing public apologies by their agencies due to their negligence of not verifying the name, Jun Ji Hyun and Kim Soo Hyun requested  that their contracts be terminated, with a full knowledge that cancellation of the contract will result in fines with a possibility of several hundred million won.

This has not been the first time there has been an issue with the naming of Baekdu Mountain. Netizens also had criticized the company Nongshim for labeling the source of water also on the water distributed in China as Changbai Mountain.

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