Recently, the NBA issued an apology to China because one of its execs, Daryl Morey, issued a tweet that said, “fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.” James Harden, star player for the Houston Rockets, also issued an apology to China on behalf of the matter (even though he himself wasn’t involved.)
More analysis of the overall China situation in this Axios article.
NPR article: How China censors debate in Western democracies - including discussion of possibly removing a Tibetan soccer team from a sports tournament because of fear of offending China. The article mentions how a Chinese official even threatened that the UK would get a less-favorable post-Brexit trade deal with China if it didn’t disinvite Anastasia Lin, a human-rights activist, from a university debate.
Atlantic article: “Hollywood’s Great Leap Backwards on Free Expression”
China is threatening academic freedom abroad. (Additional articles here, here, and here.)
As the Vox article notes, decades ago, the West believed that globalism and modern technology would have the effect of liberalizing China and making it freer - but in fact the opposite has happened: It has allowed China to control non-China nations and make the rest of the world less free.
This trend has been the case for years, and is only worsening. For China to stifle the speech of people within its own borders is one thing - it’s not good, but at least it’s within China - but for Beijing to try to dictate what people in other countries do is quite another. This political correctness is only going to intensify if Western nations/governments don’t draw a line and make it stop.