Bjork's Tibet remark won't affect foreign artists' visits to China

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London, Mar 14 : Icelandic singer Bjork's comments in support of Tibet at a recent gig in Shanghai will not lead to tighter restrictions on Western artists performing in China, the country's official said.

China's Culture Ministry had earlier said that it would tighten controls over foreign artists after Bjork shouted 'Tibet, Tibet' at the concert and 'broke Chinese law and hurt Chinese people's feelings'.

Talk of Tibetan independence is considered taboo in China, which has ruled the territory since 1951.

But a senior Chinese official said that it would not affect visits by other artists ahead of the Olympics.

"It was just an individual case. I don't think it will affect our invitation of artists from all over the world to come to China and perform, particularly during the Olympic Games," BBC quoted Zhou Heping, vice minister of culture, as saying.

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