A child holds up two Chinese national flags as she watches a pre-season NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai on October 10. Photo: AP
Mark Clifford
Opinion

Opinion

The View by Mark Clifford

China’s targeting of the NBA shows why it may fail at building soft power – and the Chinese dream

  • By narrowing the boundaries of commentary, China is gradually alienating outsiders who might see opportunities there
  • In attacking the NBA, which does not need China and would be difficult to replace, Beijing may have finally gone too far

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A child holds up two Chinese national flags as she watches a pre-season NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai on October 10. Photo: AP
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Cary Huang
Cary Huang
Opinion

SCMP Columnist

Sino File by Cary Huang

China’s National Day show of military muscle risks backfiring

  • The sheer amount of weaponry on display was meant to strengthen nationalism at home, while sending a message to the US and Taiwan
  • But in doing so, Beijing has undermined its efforts to improve relations internationally, and could spark an arms race among its regional rivals

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