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
Opinion

Opinion

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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Wang Xiangwei
Wang Xiangwei
Opinion

SCMP Columnist

China Briefing by Wang Xiangwei

Why did China react so strongly to Daryl Morey’s tweet and the NBA?

  • The reasons for its extraordinary reaction are more nuanced than simple government orchestration
  • But while national outrage has reached fever pitch, this narrow-minded nationalism does not bode well for China’s image overseas

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