The firestorm that followed the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) kowtowing to China reflects the souring of China’s relationship with the U.S.
There is little risk to sales or profits from offending U.S. leaders or the American people by kowtowing to Chinese pressure.
Often outspoken leaders of big American banks, like J.P. Morgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon or former Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein, fall silent when it comes to China’s human rights abuses, growing totalitarianism, and even trade abuses.
Last year, 490 million people watched online NBA broadcasts in China, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Democratic hopeful Elizabeth Warren has been severely critical of China on human rights and workers’ rights.
TV networks,airlines,hotel chains,retailers & Hollywood already self censor.
Now private citizens risk losing their jobs if they offend China. https://t.co/DQOFdBkb1e
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 7, 2019
China is trying to use its market power to silence free speech and criticism of its conduct. In response, the NBA chose its pocketbook over its principles—and our values. We should all be speaking out in support of those protesting for their rights. https://t.co/IRiIY1cgDg
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) October 7, 2019