For the 2nd time, AKB48 will be establishing a sister group based in Shanghai, China.
AKB48 had already created a sister group in Shanghai in 2012 named SNH48. However, in June 2016, SNH48's operations and management were said to be in violation of its contract as a sister group of AKB48, and ties were cut as a result.
In March of 2016, SNH48 established its own sister groups BEJ48, based in Beijing, and GNZ48, based in Gaungzhou. Neither were sanctioned by AKS and is thought to have been the last straw leading to the group being cut from the AKB48 family.
Auditions for AKB48's new Shanghai based sister group will be held at the end of the year. Details will be announced at a later date.