China’s newest weapon against Hong Kong?

Two basketball players pose for a photograph

Even by China’s heavily nationalistic standards, the reaction to a tweet this week has been extreme.

Basketball authorities and sponsors cutting ties.

State TV cancelling broadcasts.

A ‘meet the fans’ night with visiting NBA stars scuttled at short notice, much to the disappointment of fans.

Even a young social media user being forced by his employer to write a public apology letter for a post about a cartoon called the Rocket Squad.

The uproar over a tweet supporting the Hong Kong protestors from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is the sharpest sign yet that in China’s ‘New Era’ — as President Xi Jinping calls it — foreigners are expected to submit to its censorship rules if they want to do business.

In recent years, grovelling apologies have become the norm.

Full Story: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-10/beijing-uses-outrage-culture-online-against-nba/11587534

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