Analysis: The Long Arm Of China And Free Speech

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Doing business in China comes with major strings attached. This week it became evident that a few provocative words can cause those strings to tighten. A single tweet by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong unleashed massive retaliation from China that put the team and the entire NBA on notice. China's state TV cut off preseason games and ominously announced it would "immediately investigate all co-operation and exchanges involving the NBA." Tencent, a major Chinese social media company with a reported $1.5 billion streaming deal with the NBA, said it will no longer stream Rockets games, even though the team is immensely popular in China. China's message to foreign companies and their employees...

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Analysis: The Long Arm Of China And Free Speech

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