It’s no secret Hollywood has long coveted the Chinese market and has gone as far as re-editing movies to appeal to Chinese audiences.
When Iron Man 3 was released 10 years ago, the filmmakers created a version of the movie specifically for China, in which Tony Stark travels to the country for heart surgery and it is revealed that the source of his power is Gu Li Duo, an inner Mongolian milk drink.
More recently, the flags of Taiwan and Japan were notably absent on Tom Cruise’s jacket when the first trailer for Top Gun: Maverick was released in 2019. At the time, the Chinese tech firm Tencent Holdings was helping finance the film. The Taiwanese and Japanese flags mysteriously reappeared after Tencent backed out of the production.
Now the Defense Department has a new rule prohibiting the U.S. military from providing support to any film and television productions that are edited to appease Chinese censors.
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First reported by Politico, the change was recently incorporated into an existing Defense Department instruction, which now prevents the department from…