While the U.S. gave Huawei a 90-day reprieve, allowing American businesses to keep selling specific products to the Chinese firm, it also added more affiliates of the...Technologyread more
The attacks come after state and local ransomware attacks in New York, Louisiana, Maryland and Florida resulted in the loss of significant sums.Technologyread more
United States Steel Corp will temporarily lay off hundreds of workers at its Great Lakes facility in Michigan in coming weeks, according to a filing the steelmaker made with...US Marketsread more
While Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam painted a bleak picture of the city's economy, she expressed hope that dialogue with protesters could provide "a way out."China Politicsread more
China's pursuit of the Middle East may spur growth in the Islamic finance sector.World Economyread more
Twitter and Facebook have suspended accounts believed to be tied to a state-backed disinformation campaign originating from inside China.Technologyread more
U.S. President Donald Trump and his former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci have had a public falling out recently.Politicsread more
The report comes as Trump in recent days has lashed out over media reports about growing recession fears.Politicsread more
Beijing will lower borrowing costs for companies, but that may not boost the economy as much as some hope.China Economyread more
Stocks are bouncing higher but could be trapped in a range longer term, until there's a resolution of the trade wars.Market Insiderread more
Stocks in Asia mostly traded higher Tuesday afternoon as minutes from the Reserve Bank of Australia's July meeting were released. The People's Bank of China also published its...Asia Marketsread more
At the heart of the ministry's complaint is a 16-episode drama called "Descendants of the Sun", which premiered in South Korea and China in February, smashing ratings and dominating trending topics on Weibo, China's answer to Twitter.
"Watching Korean dramas could be dangerous, and may even lead to legal troubles," the ministry warned in a Weibo post at the weekend.
The department then cited some real-life cases of domestic violence, divorce and plastic surgery, all of which it related to an obsession with Korean dramas and accompanied with photos of similar incidents from various Korean television series.
Many Weibo users took the ministry's post with a pinch of salt.
"This isn't the fault of Korean drama but has to do with IQ," one Weibo user commented. Another added, "Although I don't like Korean dramas but these are all individual cases. [Those involved] lack IQ."
The huge success of "Descendants of the Sun" is the latest example of Hallyu, which means Korean Wave, and refers to the growing popularity of South Korean pop culture.
And the public security ministry's warnings are not without some grounds in previous Korean drama-induced lunacy.
In 2014, another hit South Korean series, "My Love from the Star," sparked such a craze in China for Korean fried chicken that a pregnant woman reportedly almost suffered a miscarriage after chowing down on fried chicken and beer – the food favored by the lead actress in the series.
And earlier this month, a 20-year-old Chinese woman was reportedly diagnosed with acute glaucoma after an 18-hour Korean drama binge-watching session.
The cautionary post from a ministry in China underscores the growing influence of Korean pop culture in China and the enormous economic opportunities that have emerged from Hallyu in the past decade.
Amid a global slowdown, South Korea is banking on its tourism and service industry to prop up its economy. And a state-backed entertainment push has gained traction in Asia, with China proving to be a lucrative market.
To cater to Chinese viewers, the entire series of "Descendants of the Sun" was pre-recorded so that it could be cleared in advance by Chinese censors, allowing it to be broadcast simultaneously in both countries. This was in contrast with the "live-shoot" system that Korean dramas typically follow, with episodes being filmed as previously recorded episodes are aired, so that script adjustments can be made according to ratings.
The gamble has paid off, with "Descendants of the Sun" passing 400 million views on the Chinese online video platform, iQiyi. Ratings in South Korea have hit 30 percent, which means three in ten people viewing television during the timeslot were watching the TV drama.
The drama, a romance set against military operations in a fictional country, has also spurred interest in cosmetics, smartphones and fashion products featured in the show.
Chinese investors, unsurprisingly,have been keen to cash in on the Hallyu phenomenon, which was estimated to have been worth 12.6 trillion won ($10.6 billion) in 2014, according to official South Korean figures cited by the Korea JoongAng Daily newspaper.
News agency Yonhap reported in January that official figures showed that Chinese investors had injected 3 trillion won ($2.5 billion) into the South Korean games, movie and entertainment sectors over the past five years.
The investments come as China seeks to build soft power in the region.
In 2014, following the success of "My Love from the Star," China's political advisory body, the Chinese People's Political Consultative Congress (CPPC) lamented the fact that China could not produce as big a hit of its own, reported The Washington Post then.
CPPC delegates reportedly viewed the popularity of the Korean drama as a blow to Chinese confidence in their own culture, reported state-run Xinhua news agency.
Follow CNBC International on and Facebook.