According to South Korean news agency Ilgan Sports, EXO member Lay has decided not to represent South Korean electronics corporation Samsung after discovering that the South Korean corporation recognized Taiwan and Hong Kong as independent countries that were not part of China.
No doubt, the issue is highly sensitive as the situation in Hong Kong with the ongoing protests have escalated in recent times.
Lay's agency released an official statement saying:
"Samsung has offended our Chinese compatriots in a severe manner by taking on an ambiguous stance regarding the sovereignty and territories of our nation.
We regret to inform everyone that we cannot tolerate this. We have checked into all of the companies that Lay represents."