China op­poses US black­list

Typ­i­cal trade talk tac­tics of Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion: ex­pert

Global Times US Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Huang Ge and Song Lin

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.

Hyp­ing ten­sion

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.

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