Can the CCP control the whole world?

We all know the story. Chinese kiddies wanted freedom so they staked out Tienanmen Square. The Chinese Communist Party shot them instead and drew up a new social contract that promised capitalism with Chinese characteristics in return for permanent CCP dictatorship.

That’s the same deal you’re being offered today. Before you decide whether you want to take it, consider Hong Kong. Does it like the deal being offered?

No. Which has led to this today, via CBS:

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tried Sunday to defuse the rapidly growing fallout over his deleted tweet that showed support for Hong Kong anti-government protesters, saying he didn’t intend to offend any of the team’s Chinese fans or sponsors.

A short time after Morey posted that statement, the NBA said it was “regrettable” that the deleted tweet offended many in China. It followed several companies in China, including some of the NBA’s major business partners there, lashing out over Morey’s original tweet.

And the fallout has exploded, via Sinocism:

Adam Silver’s statement on NBA and China | NBA.com

I recognize our initial statement left people angered, confused or unclear on who we are or what the NBA stands for. Let me be more clear.

Over the last three decades, the NBA has developed a great affinity for the people of China. We have seen how basketball can be an important form of people-to-people exchange that deepens ties between the United States and China.

At the same time, we recognize that our two countries have different political systems and beliefs. And like many global brands, we bring our business to places with different political systems around the world.

But for those who question our motivation, this is about far more than growing our business.

Values of equality, respect and freedom of expression have long defined the NBA — and will continue to do so. As an American-based basketball league operating globally, among our greatest contributions are these values of the game…

It is inevitable that people around the world — including from America 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 could not operate that way.

Adam Silver says he still plans to visit China later this week | NBA.com

“We’re strongly dissatisfied and oppose Adam Silver’s claim to support Morey’s right to freedom of expression,” CCTV said in a statement. “We believe that any remarks that challenge national sovereignty and social stability are not within the scope of freedom of speech.”

The broadcaster is also reviewing all its cooperation and exchanges involving the NBA, said the statement posted to CCTV Sports’ official social media account.

Silver is going to Shanghai on Wednesday and said he hopes to meet with officials and some of the league’s business partners there in an effort to find some sort of common ground….

“I’m hoping that together Yao Ming and I can find an accommodation,” Silver said. “But he is extremely hot at the moment, and I understand it.”..

“How can it be possible to carry out exchanges and cooperation with China without knowing China’s public opinion?” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang said Tuesday. “NBA’s cooperation with China has been going on for quite a long time, so for what should be said and what should be done, they know best.”

NBA vs. China: The Power Struggle Behind the Standoff – WSJ $$

But the NBA may be more strongly positioned to push back than other U.S. businesses that have run afoul of the Chinese government. It’s the most powerful sports league in the country and plays such an outsize role in local sporting culture that China without the NBA is increasingly unimaginable. Shortly before he became president, in fact, Xi Jinping went to a Lakers game in Los Angeles.

It was a useful reminder of how much both sides of this dispute rely on each other: China is a huge market for any enterprise, but there’s only one NBA. There are other hotels, airlines and clothing brands. NBA basketball is irreplaceable.

NBA’s China dilemma: $4B at risk as Chinese TV cancels game broadcasts | Fox Business

The league’s business in the country is worth more than $4 billion as of 2018, or $133 million to each NBA franchise, according to Forbes.

CCTV Sports statement- 中央广播电视总台央视体育再发声明 立即暂停NBA赛事转播安排_新闻频道_央视网

我们注意到正在日本参加活动的NBA总裁亚当·肖华回应休斯敦火箭队总经理莫雷发表涉港不当言论一事。对亚当·肖华声称支持莫雷自由表达权利的说辞,我们表示强烈不满和反对。我们认为,任何挑战国家主权和社会稳定的言论,不属于言论自由的范畴。

为此,中央广播电视总台央视体育频道决定,立即暂停NBA季前赛(中国赛)目前的转播安排,立即排查涉及NBA的一切合作交流。

Brooklyn Nets’ NBA community event in Shanghai abruptly cancelled by government as China political storm rages on | South China Morning Post

The Nets were set to make an appearance at the New World Experimental Primary School in Shanghai in a court refurbishment ceremony, however a few hours before, the NBA abruptly sent out an email stating the event was cancelled.

Sources have confirmed that the event was cancelled by the government and not the NBA.

China smartphone maker Vivo says to suspend all cooperation with NBA – Reuters

Vivo, in a statement published on social media platform Weibo, said it is strongly dissatisfied with Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey’s comments on Hong Kong and the NBA’s stance on the matter.

China’s ANTA sports says it will immediately halt contract renewal negotiations NBA – Reuters

Anta said in a statement on social media platform Weibo the company opposes any action that harms China’s interests and was dissatisfied with the comments by the Houston Rockets and NBA executives

Stratechery by Ben Thompson – On the business, strategy, and impact of technology.

in which Ben discovers that TikTok may now be censoring searches for “火箭”, the Chinese name of the Houston Rockets

Fundraiser by Sun Lared : Give Away Hong Kong T-Shirts, NBA Opening Night

China is trying to censor the Houston Rockets because of Hong Kong. Wouldn’t it be hilarious if on opening night in Staples Center the NBA fanbase made a collective demonstration against censorship by wearing “STAND WITH HONG KONG” T-Shirts?

Comment: 31k raised so far, when will GoFundMe be attacked? And what if fans do this for opening night of Joe Tsai’s Brooklyn Nets?

A simpler time, June 2019 – CBA chairman Yao Ming wants to make Chinese relevant around the world | SI.com

As his nation’s first (and still only) NBA star, Yao Ming made basketball relevant in China. Now, as chairman of the CBA, he wants to make Chinese basketball relevant across the world and ensure that he’s not the country’s last export.

This has now mushroomed into South Park as well, via Hollywood Reporter:

After the “Band in China” episode mocked Hollywood for shaping its content to please the Chinese government, Beijing has responded by deleting all clips, episodes and discussions of the Comedy Central show.

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone probably saw this coming, and to their credit, simply didn’t care.

The most recent episode of South Park, “Band in China,” has been generating loads of media attention for its sharp critique of the way Hollywood tends to shape its content to avoid offending Chinese government censors in any way whatsoever.

Now, those very same government censors, in the real world, have lashed back at South Park by deleting virtually every clip, episode and online discussion of the show from Chinese streaming services, social media and even fan pages.

A cursory perusal through China’s highly regulated internet landscape shows the animated series conspicuously absent everywhere it recently had a presence. A search of the Twitter-like social media service Weibo turns up not a single mention of South Park among the billions of past posts. On streaming service Youku, owned by internet giant Alibaba, all links to clips, episodes and even full seasons of the show are now dead.

South Park’s answer brings thew whole sad sack of shit together today:

And into gaming, via VOX:

Activision Blizzard, one of America’s biggest gaming companies, just bowed to Chinese censorship in a disturbing way: suspending a professional player of Hearthstone, its digital card game, over a statement supporting the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests.

The offending commentary from Chung Ng Wai, a Hong Kong-based player who goes by the name “Blitzchung,” came during an official interview on Sunday held after he won a match in the Hearthstone Grandmasters tournament, the highest level of competition in the game.

Chung said “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time” — a protest slogan in the city — while wearing goggles and a face mask, items commonly donned by protestors to conceal their identity. The protests, which began over an extradition law, have morphed into a broad-based demand to protect the semi-autonomous city’s democratic political system from mainland China’s attempts to exert control over it.

On Tuesday, Blizzard came down hard on Chung. In an official statement on Hearthstone’s blog, the company announced that it would be suspending Chung for a year, forcing him to forfeit thousands of dollars in prize money from 2019 and firing the casters (commentators) who conducted the interview.

This is a big deal.

Blizzard, who created (among other things) World of Warcraft, is a massive company. It brought in about $7.5 billion in revenue in 2018Like the NBA, which has rebuked the Houston Rockets’ general manager over a pro-Hong Kong tweet, Blizzard is not merely trying to operate within the confines of Chinese censorship but acting as its agent.

The non-Chinese Hearthstone player base is furious with Blizzard; the game’s subreddit is full of longtime players vowing to quit the game in protest. Count me as one of them.

The question must be asked, can the CCP control the entire world in the way that has succeeded in controlling its own people?

I can imagine the kowtowing traitors in Canberra nodding that “yes” it can. There’s some coverage of these issues in the Aussie media today but not what they deserve given how directly they impact the Australian national interest so there is some justification in this view. The Australian elite are captured by the great Chinese bribe.

But can the CCP succeed everywhere else? Obviously not.

So, the lesson here is not that the CCP should be feared. It is that grovelling to it only delivers what it wants. Moreover, if single tweet from some relatively unknown bloke can disrupt an entire industry then the sensitivity of the CCP is so extreme that you’ll never succeed in pleasing it enough and the sanctions will come regardless.

In short, you are giving away everything for nothing in return.

Some deal.

Comments

  1. > “We believe that any remarks that challenge national sovereignty and social stability are not within the scope of freedom of speech.”

    They *literally* don’t understand the concept of free speech. To be fair, a whole bunch of ‘westerners’ including Australians don’t either.

    BTW… you might want to get the English version of the Chinese you’ve got in there. CCTV sports.

  2. Money talks. That’s all this boils down to.

    If there were no money involved – bribes or business revenues – no one would give a f3ck how many times they offended the CCP.

    This wave of finance-led imperialism will die out soon enough. Their pockets may be deep but they are not bottomless.

    • Nailed it.

      I really miss the first Cold War, our economies were nowhere near as dependent on each other so it was easy to point fingers at “the enemy”.

    • It is sad that our politicians will sell out for so little, for scraps. They will do anything for a few thousand dollars.

      It seems like Gladys Liu will continue to sit in our parliament despite being a CCP agent. The story has blown over, the Aussie sheep will forget about her.

  3. John Howards Bowling Coach

    China as a nation is so overly sensitive that it is after a couple of decades of interaction and frequent visits to that place I conclude that the country is the mental maturity age of a teenager. Sure it is growing in size, strength and power. Like you young man just full height it feels itchy for a fight. Like a young woman now noticing that her curves are gaining the ability to influence young men and old to bend to her whim, China is using the perceived sexiness of it’s supposed economic draw to request itself an LV handbag from every guy (read: hopeful trading partner). But the world needs to be more like the wise man, who laughs at the stupid angry young man full of hormones wanting to fight to prove his manhood, laugh at that young greedy girl and give her nothing but some sharp retort of wisdom. China is really more like the Wizard of Oz, pull back that curtain and their economy is a fraction of what they claim it to be, but fools the world over a clambering over each other to give their hard earned to China, not know they will get a negative return.

    Being reliant on China in any business or personal relationship is a huge mistake, I made it myself in the past, but I never again would fall for that honey trap.

    • Truth here. It’s not just our elites that have been captured by the CCP, as is stated at the end of the article. To reverse this disastrous course they’ve piloted, the WHOLE OF AUSTRALIA will need to accept a temporary drop in living standards. We’ll need to ween ourselves off the sugar daddy who’s now demanding the s3x we convinced ourselves we’d never need to deliver. He just loved us for our childish laugh and pretty toss of the hair. It helped him reconnect with a happier, more innocent time. We gave each other something we each needed. For sure.

        • John Howards Bowling Coach

          I know you love those Chinamen ladies, sure they’re a honey trap many think they are getting the best of. But the mercantile personality only serves it’s own master. Mostly bland a boring ‘relations’ . A conga line of greed, hoping to gain some type of relationship benefit, networking, or gifts & attention. Plenty of better quality in this world if you want a satisfying outcome.

      • The point has nothing to do with being successful in China.

        China has zero control over anything happening outside its borders, except the influence it can exert with money (through either supplying lots of it, or none at all).

        This scenario – where everything that happens is controlled by who has the money and where they spend it – is the ideal according to free market zealots,

        • Trout à la Crème

          Yes who has the money and where it is spent should be controlled by the politburo. Also who has the access to that information and all information should be centralised at the politburo.

  4. One of the greatest miscalculations of our generation was that free trade, economic growth and the widespread adoption of the internet in China would produce a desire for more political freedoms. Instead, the PRC’s rising affluence has served to promote confidence in its own authoritarian political system and state-directed capitalism, and bolstered its will to ever more aggressively assert its values and interests abroad. Rather than exporting political freedoms such as democracy and free expression into China and importing a panoply of cheap goods to feed our empty consumerist souls, we ended up importing Chinese censorship and exporting Hollywood films made pliable to the whims of Chinese censors.

    https://spectator.us/nba-tosses-alley-oop-china-censors/

  5. Can the CCP control the whole world?

    Personally I’d say these are better question’s:
    Will the whole world become China’s obedient little Slave girl?
    will nations compete to please their Chinese master?
    Will China share its wealth and create a better global society or just dip its wick wherever it pleases and leave chaos behind?
    Fortunately there are ways to profit from any of these outcomes you just need to be open minded and willing to imagine a future that’s very different from our past.

    • Once they own you, they’ll own your profits (for the collective good, you understand).

      And if things get really bad, they’ll take away your ladyboys too 😉

      • reusachtigeMEMBER

        Nah China loves individual achievement as long as it benefits the collective. If you play your cards right you can be both rich and powerful. All commie regimes are the same. Play along and you are rewarded.

        • John Howards Bowling Coach

          Many have found that what you think is wrong mate. I know many many Chinese who are currently being forced to hand over shares in their companies to the party and have party appointees working in their businesses. The CCP is taking back the wealth they allowed to be created under their carefully monitored world order in China

    • HK and Taiwan want the fvck out of there! if HK and Taiwan could motor motor their little patches the fvuck away from mainland China, you bet they’d be firing up the engines as we speak… CHina is like the creepy old man that just won’t stop trying to seduce the pretty little 16 year old girl, even though she wants NONE of it! But he just doesn’t get her signals, nor does he understand ‘NO’ as its his way or the highway. China is like Fritzels den if it were a nation state.

      How long can they keep this joke going in 2019 is the real question… how long before the youth take to the streets in mainland China to get them their own little piece of honker’s freedom and pseudo-democracy…

      • “how long before the youth take to the streets in mainland China to get them their own little piece of honker’s freedom and pseudo-democracy…”
        didn’t turn out so well for them last time. Tanks put a big dent in the thirst for democaracy. HK is already headed towards marshall law.

  6. Scenes from HKG. After about 3 months lapsed between me getting stuck in traffic as the first mass protest happened, and then literally no personal impact (I live waaaay out in the jungle), it’s starting to spread out. My nearest 2 subway stations are closed this week, having been smashed up. In the car this morning Mr 7 called out, “Look! It’s vandalism alley” as we flew past spray painted highway dividers where marches had been (“F-ck the POPO” jumped out.) and drove over spots that had been set on fire. Miss 11 said she was living in history. Looking forward to getting out, in Jan, and back to Australia where the CCP invasion is at least slower and more distant, for now.

  7. Honestly, it reminds me of the late 80’s when the Soviet Empire was faltering. A financial collapse in China, which looks almost certain to me, will collapse the CCP. No-one ever changes leaders when the economy is doing well. When the economy is not doing well though, that is a different story. I feel the CCP know this which is why the Chinese economy has come to more and more resemble a giant ponzi scheme over the last 10 years.

    • Agreed. And that is the only real hope (even if they don’t know it) of the HKG protesters. Hold off the CCP long enough for it to collapse under its own weight. (Not that this would be an easy event for HKG to digest. It could easily make things a lot worse.) They have around 30 years till the official takeover is due to happen. A huge amount can happen in 30 years. The Soviet empire went from the Cuban Missile Crisis to complete collapse in that span.

  8. I can tell you that the video game industry has for quite some time only been about making money in respect to the larger publishers (Blizzard) and they will always bend to china purely because of the massive chinese video game audience. So this is nothing new.

  9. The NBA, the league that moved the 2017 all-star game out of Charlotte because the North Caroline legislature passed billl HB2, which stated just because a guy wears a dress, it doesn’t mean he can use the women’s restroom.

    The NBA stood up for the freedoms of mentally ill men to terrorise young girls in the toilet, but backs down when an associate expresses sympathy for the freedoms of millions in the face of an oppressive, militaristic government.

    Maybe its the threat of violence, much like Islam, that has the woke left back down at the first sign.

    There may be a lesson in that.

  10. scottb1978MEMBER

    Letter From Masanjia
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JogjRLM5j8
    An Oregon woman finds an SOS message from a Chinese dissident in a package of Halloween decorations from Kmart, setting off a chain of events that would shut down the entire labor camp system in China and ignite the letter-writer’s dangerous quest to expose a deadly persecution.

    Human Harvest
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EykFRYWl9Q
    A documentary film, directed by Vancouver filmmaker Leon Lee, which follows the investigative work by Canadian Nobel Peace Prize nominees David Matas and David Kilgour on whether and how state-run hospitals in China harvested and sold organs, by killing tens of thousands of prisoners of conscience, who are mainly Falun Gong practitioners.

  11. Winston Churchill: 16 October 1938:

    You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police. On all sides they are guarded by masses of armed men, cannons, aeroplanes, fortifications, and the like – they boast and vaunt themselves before the world, yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts; words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home – all the more powerful because forbidden – terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic. They make frantic efforts to bar our thoughts and words; they are afraid of the workings of the human mind. Cannons, airplanes, they can manufacture in large quantities; but how are they to quell the natural promptings of human nature, which after all these centuries of trial and progress has inherited a whole armoury of potent and indestructible knowledge?

    Dictatorship – the fetish worship of one man – is a passing phase. A state of society where men may not speak their minds, where children denounce their parents to the police, where a business man or small shopkeeper ruins his competitor by telling tales about his private opinions; such a state of society cannot long endure if brought into contact with the healthy outside world.

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