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

Fake Chinese police cars spotted in Australia amid pro-Hong Kong rallies…

A car with what appears to be Chinese police markings parked at night.

Authorities are investigating after fake Chinese police cars were spotted in Adelaide and Perth amid pro-Hong Kong demonstrations across Australia, but the owner of one of the cars has told police it was a “joke”.

Key points:

  • Police in SA and WA have confirmed sightings of cars with Chinese police markings
  • It comes as local demonstrations over the situation in Hong Kong escalate
  • WA Police said the owner of one car had been spoken to and removed the insignia

In South Australia photos have surfaced of a car — bearing Chinese characters — parked at various spots around Adelaide’s CBD.

SA Police told the ABC it was aware of the vehicle’s current location and was investigating if it has been involved in any offences.

Police in Western Australia also confirmed they had received reports of a car with Chinese police markings.

“WA Police spoke to the driver of the vehicle who stated he purchased the decals online,” a spokesperson said.

Full story: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-19/fake-chinese-police-cars-spotted-in-adelaide-and-perth/11426850