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Chinese state media slam NBA in free speech row

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I don't think Red China understands the meaning of "freedom of speech", thus cannot understand (tolerate) the Hong Kongers or an NBA GM practicing it.

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Free speech is infectious, so what China really fears is that it will spread into the general population. But some of the people's anger might also stem from the resentment that they aren't accorded the same privilege.

Not sure what the future holds for Hong Kong, but right now it doesn't look good.

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Speed@I think "Red China" is something of an anachronism that was common up to the end of the 1970s when people still differentiated between the "two Chinas" of the mainland and Taiwan. After the U.S. recognized the mainland in the term fell into disuse. Like it or not, China's present government is in control, with communist-controlled government and a capitalist economy. While many topics remain taboo, Chinese people have limited freedoms, such as to travel and study abroad, etc. There's nothing inherent in the Chinese psyche that opposes free speech --- just look to Taiwan as a successful example --- but it's clearly not a high priority.

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China is the most important market for the NBA. So it's easy to see why it folded to the combme.

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And in other news Mumbai just hosted two NBA pre-season games, looks like prep work to develop alternate market.

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China must be a very weak country to be so threatened by words. 

China is showing how weak it is by fighting even outside criticism. A secure nation would be able to endure criticism, especially in an autonomous region which prefers democracy to autocratic pseudo-communistic policies.

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All the NBA people screaming that Trump is literally a dictator are awful quiet when it’s an actual dictator and when it affects their pocket. (Hi Steve Kerr and Coach Popovich)

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Using sports for politics is very wrong ,nba , u just killed my interest in yr sports.

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Good for Morey, **** china !!!..

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Looks like China is learning; they have taken a page form the US play book; sanctions and boycotts.

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All the NBA people screaming that Trump is literally a dictator are awful quiet when it’s an actual dictator and when it affects their pocket. (Hi Steve Kerr and Coach Popovich)

Actually, Coach Popovich spoke up in support of the NBA Commissioner

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2019/10/08/popovich-lauds-silvers-response-to-china-over-tweet-rift/40285807/

Coach Popovich: "And it wasn't easy for him to say. He said that in an environment fraught with possible economic peril. But he sided with the principles that we all hold dearly, or most of us did until the last three years. So I'm thrilled with what he said."

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In China, freedom means being able to choose between Huawei and Xiaomi.

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^ You mean the only freedom is speak extremely good thing about the party or speak very good thing about the party.

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I don’t this is about free speech at all. China can cry all it wants. It’ll never take away the freedom of speech away from Americans.

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Free speech does not mean you can say anything you want. You can’t make racist comments for example. The NBA banned former San Diego Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling for life. He told his girlfriend more or less not to bring her black friends to the basketball games.

Does he have free speech? Yes, but if he wants to be an owner of an NBA team he is not allowed to say what he said.

The Rocket’s GM also enjoys free speech. But if the Rockets and the NBA want to open the wallets of 500 million customers, the GM won’t be able to say what he said.

The NBA did the right thing and came down hard on an owner who made racist remarks.

The Chinese government came down hard on what they believe is promoting rebellion.

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Q. Twitter is blocked in China.

How is a comment posted on a Non-existent to Chinese viewable site a problem ?

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Actually, Coach Popovich spoke up in support of the NBA Commissioner

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2019/10/08/popovich-lauds-silvers-response-to-china-over-tweet-rift/40285807/

And coach Doc Rivers:

https://clutchpoints.com/clippers-news-doc-rivers-reacts-nba-china-controversy/

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