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China fans of hit S. Korea show 'blocked by red tape'

SEOUL--South Korea is failing to cash in on a Chinese craze for a hit TV show because of too much red tape, President Park Geun-hye said Thursday.

The South Korean show "My Love from the Star" has won legions of devoted fans in China since its debut in December.

But when they rush to South Korean websites after each episode to buy the clothes worn by its stylish heroine Gianna Jun, they leave empty-handed because online purchases require a local bank account, Park complained.

"Such regulation ... is hampering efforts by South Korean online stores to go global," Park said during a rare televised conference with business leaders and officials aimed at driving the deregulation message home.

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