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Cirque du Soleil Withdrew From China Show as Tensions Mounted

As diplomatic relations grew tenser between Canada and China last month, one of Canada’s most recognizable entertainment companies withdrew from a prominent Chinese television program.

Cirque du Soleil on Dec. 10 ended negotiations to feature in CCTV’s Spring Festival Gala, one of the world’s most-watched TV shows, spokeswoman Stephanie Morissette said. The decision was due to a lack of agreement on contract terms as the February gala grew closer, and was unrelated to the political situation, she said.

“We were really disappointed to withdraw, because this gala is a great marketing opportunity,” Morissette said. “Unfortunately, in order to deliver a performance reflecting what Cirque du Soleil is capable of, it wasn’t possible.”

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