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
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

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
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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