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Justin Bieber has been banned from performing in country of China.

Beijing’s Culture Bureau released a statement via its website on Friday (July 21) saying the pop star has “caused discontent among the public.”

“Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign idol,” the bureau, in response to a fan’s request for a “detailed explanation” about missing China dates during Bieber’s upcoming world tour. “As far as we are concerned, he has engaged in a series of bad behaviors, both in his social life and during a previous performance in China, which caused discontent among the public.”

Later this year, Bieber will descend on Asia for part of his his “Purpose World Tour”, with stops in Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong. But, no dates in China.

Despite the ban, there was a hint that it could be lifted. “We hope that as Justin Bieber matures, he can continue to improve his own words and actions,” it says. “And truly become a singer beloved by the public.”