How China gets US companies to parrot its views

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It has all been so vague and furious and quick.

First, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted and then deleted a post supporting the protests in Hong Kong. When Chinese sponsors fled, the Chinese Basketball Association suspended cooperation with the team and the Internet giant Tencent stopped streaming Rockets games, Mr Morey and the team's owner expressed regret, and droves of fans and politicians flayed the league for kowtowing.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 14, 2019, with the headline How China gets US companies to parrot its views. Subscribe