The National Basketball Association’s (NBA) China marketing plan was upended after the Houston Rockets’ general manager tweeted a message supporting Hong Kong protesters. Pictured is an NBA promotional banner being removed in Shanghai on October 9. Photo: AFP

China’s US trade war charm offensive was meant to stop foreign investors from leaving, but is it working?

  • Insiders say Xi Jinping chose non-confrontational language to avoid ‘trap’ of lashing out at US businesses set by ‘trade hawks in Washington’
  • But China faces uphill battle to hold on to foreign investors, with NBA crisis example of Beijing using economic clout to secure political goals
Topic |   US-China trade war
The National Basketball Association’s (NBA) China marketing plan was upended after the Houston Rockets’ general manager tweeted a message supporting Hong Kong protesters. Pictured is an NBA promotional banner being removed in Shanghai on October 9. Photo: AFP
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