China opposes US blacklist
Typical trade talk tactics of Trump administration: expert
A US decision to blacklist 28 Chinese entities, which was announced shortly before highlevel Chinese and American officials meet in Washington for a new round of trade talks, is typical of the Trump administration’s trade talk tactics and showed the US was seeking to benefit by further pressuring China, Chinese experts warned on Tuesday.
China is prepared to counter, they noted, with its own unreliable entity list.
The US said on Monday (US time) that it had added 28 Chinese organizations to a blacklist due to concerns over their roles in human rights violations in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, alleging they were involved in “carrying out China’s campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention and high-technology surveillance,” the New York Times reported, citing the US Commerce Department.
The Xinjiang Public Security Bureau and 19 smaller government agencies were named on the blacklist. The list targeted eight companies that focus on facial-recognition and artificial intelligence (AI) technology including Hikvision, Meg
proved and objected to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s response. “We believe that any speech that challenges national sovereignty and social stability does not fall within the scope of freedom of speech.”
The announcement came after Silver apparently backed the stance of Morey.
Morey tweeted on Saturday an image captioned “Fight For Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong” , which was later deleted.
After CCTV and Tencent suspended NBA broadcasts, Silver made a statement trying to clarify the NBA’S stand.
“It is inevitable that people from around the world – including from the US and China – will have different viewpoints over different issues. It is not the role of the NBA to adjudicate those differences.”
“However, the NBA will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issues. We simply cannot operate that way,” read a statement on the NBA website Tuesday.
Silver said Monday in Tokyo ahead of a preseason game between the Rockets and Toronto Raptors that his organization backs Morey’s right to speak his mind on the Hong Kong issue, Japanese media outlet Kyodo News reported.
A few angry Chinese netizens said, “9/11 is a beautiful date for the US. After all, freedom of speech.” This has been exaggerated by some US media and Twitter users to hype the tension between the NBA and China.
Chinese observers said these extreme comments are inappropriate and disrespectful, which the majority of Chinese people don’t agree with, but it should remind Western media that for Chinese people, the Hong Kong riots are just like the 9/11, which is horrible and can’t be justified.
So when a few of them see a foreigner use “freedom of expression” to justify the statement that seriously harmed their feelings, they decided to make disrespectful comments as well in the name of “freedom of expression,”said the observers.
US Republican Senator Marco Rubio also joined the fray by tweeting on Monday that “NBA players…apologize to China for a pro-democracy tweet from an NBA team executive. Hypocrites.”
Shen Yi, a professor at the school of international relations and public affairs of Fudan University in Shanghai, said that US politicians who hold an anti-china stance like Rubio only care about hyping tensions to get votes from conservative US voters, and they don’t care about the loss and damage to China-us ties and people-topeople exchanges.
“The NBA is just a sports or entertainment brand, which is not a necessity to Chinese people…so they (NBA executives) are unqualified to lecture Chinese about what freedom of expression is when they don’t care about our feelings. Politicians like Rubio are trying to hijack the NBA to further escalate the tension, and they are actually destroying US soft power in China, and this is ignorant and arrogant.”
Celebrities speak out
Silver’s comments have irritated Chinese celebrities and netizens, including many basketball fans.
The nine-member Chinese pop band Unine, actors Li Yifeng and Bai Jingting, singer Fan Chengcheng, who is actress Fan Bingbing’s younger brother, and three other Chinese celebrities said they would not attend the NBA Fan Night scheduled on Wednesday.
The US basketball league launched NBA China 10 years ago. According to Forbes in 2018, NBA China was worth more than $4 billion, or $133 million for each team. The league signed a $700 million, 5-year deal with Tencent in 2015 for Tencent to broadcast NBA games and other content on its digital platforms. That deal has been so successful that spending on NBA merchandise will top $800 million.
Chinese netizens have criticized the NBA for double standards and called for a boycott of the NBA.
“Ok fine, you and your NBA get out of China with your socalled freedom of speech. We will always adhere to our belief that national sovereignty is a bottom line for all Chinese,” wrote a netizen on China’s twitter-liked Sina Weibo, whose sentiments were echoed by others.
On Tuesday, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged foreign organizations which intend to operate smoothly in China to understand Chinese sentiments first, in response to the decision of CCTV to suspend broadcasts of NBA preseason games in China.
For a foreign organization to operate smoothly in China, understanding Chinese sentiments is pertinent, the ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Tuesday afternoon at a regular press conference.