China attacks 'disrespectful' Elton John for supporting dissident artist Ai Weiwei
China has attacked British singer Sir Elton John for his support of dissident artist Ai Weiwei, accusing him of being 'disrespectful'.
A state-owned newspaper in China said Sir Elton's his actions could lead to a ban on other Western performers putting on shows in China.
The attack from China came after a concert by the 65-year-old at the weekend, which he dedicated to Ai Weiwei, the man behind the famous Beijing Olympic Stadium.
At the end of the show, Sir Elton stunned his audience when he said he was dedicating the show to Weiwei.
He said he was there to give tribute to Weiwei's 'honour and talent'.
The Global Times, a paper run by the ruling Communist Party's People's Daily, said in an editorial that 'John's unexpected action was disrespectful to the audience and the contract that he signed with the Chinese side,' the Daily Mail reports.
"He forcibly added political content to the concert, which should have been nothing more than an entertaining performance," the Global Times said.
"John's action will also make the relevant agencies further hesitate in the future when they invite foreign artists. John himself is a senior entertainment figure, but has raised difficulties for future arts exchanges between China and other countries," it added.