U.S. official expresses appreciation for BTS amid China backlash

SEOUL, A U.S. State Department spokeswoman on Wednesday thanked South Korean boy group BTS for their support for bilateral relations amid a backlash in China over comments made by the band’s leader about the Korean War.
“Thank you BTS for your ongoing work supporting positive U.S.-ROK relations. You’re very deserving of The Korea Society’s General James A. Van Fleet Award,” the spokeswoman, Morgan Ortagus, tweeted. “Music can bring the world together. Folks can learn more about the U.S.-ROK partnership by following U.S. Embassy Seoul.”
ROK refers to the Republic of Korea, the official name of South Korea.
In her tweet, Ortagus linked to a tweet by U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris, who congratulated the band on winning the award days ago.
Launched in 1995, the General James A. Van Fleet Award is given to those who contribute to the promotion of U.S.-Korea relations by the U.S.-based nonprofit organization The Korea Society.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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