NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said that the US basketball league will not regulate the speech of players, employees or owners. This came after a tweet from a Houston Rockets executive sparked a backlash in China. Photo: AFP

NBA stood up to China in free speech defence: it’s about time more brands did the same

Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said that the US basketball league will not regulate the speech of players, employees or owners. This came after a tweet from a Houston Rockets executive sparked a backlash in China. Photo: AFP
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A Los Angeles Lakers fan puts on a Chinese flag sticker before attending an NBA preseason game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets in Shenzhen on October 12. Photo: AFP
Celine Sui
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Celine Sui

Why China insists foreign organisations, like the NBA, kowtow to its nationalistic red lines

  • China’s response to an NBA team manager’s tweet reveals the Communist Party’s skill in whipping up nationalist sentiment while containing the risks of doing so
  • The damage to China’s international reputation is offset by the domestic benefits

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A Los Angeles Lakers fan puts on a Chinese flag sticker before attending an NBA preseason game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets in Shenzhen on October 12. Photo: AFP
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