Taylor Swift might have bigger problems than a beef with Nicki Minaj.
In response to unauthorized T-Swift merchandise being sold around China, Swift recently opened up shops through Chinese online retailers Alibaba and JD.com. She is set to begin selling a line of T-shirts, sweaters and dresses to promote her “1989” world tour, according to The Guardian.
But 1989, and Swift’s initials, TS, could strike a particularly sensitive chord with China, as they recall the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. On June 4 of that year, Chinese troops killed hundreds of pro-Democracy protesters who were gathered in the Beijing square, and the Chinese government has been protective of all information regarding the event ever since, blacklisting combinations of the numbers 6, 4, and 89.
Swift’s U.S. online store currently sells a variety of shirts, bracelets and other merchandise simply emblazoned with “T.S. 1989,” but it is not clear if those items will be made available to Chinese consumers. In a video posted to the Chinese social media site Weibo, Swift introduced pieces from the new line, none of which looked as minimalist as the items for sale on Swift’s U.S. site.
Swift has managed to avoid confrontation with the Chinese government so far – her latest album, “1989,” is currently available on JD.com.