Keith Bradsher and Javier C. Hernández, reporting for The New York Times from Beijing:
After three days of fanning nationalistic outrage, the Chinese
government abruptly moved on Thursday to tamp down public anger at
the N.B.A. as concerns spread in Beijing that the rhetoric was
damaging China’s interests and image around the world.
You don’t say.
Now, the Chinese government appears to be reassessing its campaign
against the N.B.A. and dialing down the clamor. The government is
already in a bruising trade war with the United States, and a
backlash against China could hurt its image in the sporting world
ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics near Beijing. The dispute with
the N.B.A. was also quickly politicizing an audience of sports
fans who would not normally focus on issues like the protests in
Pretty sure there wouldn’t be as many “Free Hong Kong” signs at NBA games — or any at all — if the Chinese government had simply let this slide.
★ Thursday, 10 October 2019