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

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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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