China’s Bid to Intimidate The NBA Is A Great Example Of How To Lose Friends And Make Enemies
The Chinese saying “lifting a rock only to drop it on one’s feet”, or its English equivalent, “to shoot oneself in the foot”, perfectly describes the self-defeating inclinations of dictatorship. And nothing exemplifies such inclinations so much as China’s effort to bully America’s National Basketball Association.
The row began when Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted (and quickly deleted) support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters. The response was swift. China’s government blacklisted the Rockets, canceled broadcasts of two NBA pregame matches, and instructed Chinese companies to suspend sponsorship and licensing agreements with the NBA.