The NBA store in Beijing. The league found itself at the centre of a political storm in China this week. Photo: AFP

NBA row heightens foreign companies’ fears they could cross China’s ever-shifting red lines as fallout from Rockets GM’s Hong Kong protest tweet continues

  • Firms are becoming increasingly worried that Beijing’s hardline approach means they will find themselves at the centre of a political storm
  • Business advisers warn that companies could land themselves in ‘incredible trouble’ when it is hard to know what will anger the government
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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The NBA store in Beijing. The league found itself at the centre of a political storm in China this week. Photo: AFP
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The free speech debate differentiates the NBA case from others where companies have faced a backlash over their handling of sensitive issues in China. Photo: AFP

Free speech at centre of debate as tweet furore goes beyond NBA’s status in China

  • Backlash over social media post by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey supporting Hong Kong’s protests has escalated
  • But it has broadened to divergent narratives around freedom of expression
Topic |   NBA (National Basketball Association)

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The free speech debate differentiates the NBA case from others where companies have faced a backlash over their handling of sensitive issues in China. Photo: AFP
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