LeBron James’ furthers brand power in China’ with controversial remarks

The face of the NBA has been careful not to upset the Chinese – going so far as to call out Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey for the timing of his pro-Hong Kong protesters tweet days before the Lakers and Brooklyn Nets traveled to China for two preseason games. James also said earlier this week that “we do have freedom of speech, but there can be a lot of negative things that come with that too,” and “I also don’t think every issue should be everybody’s problem.”

…China is good to James, and that’s one reason he came off looking like an apologist for an authoritarian regime that does not value human rights or freedom of speech.

James came off quite clear that profit outweighs all else.

LeBron James’ furthers brand power in China’ with controversial remarks

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Sulli: K-pop star’s death prompts outpouring of grief and questions over cyber-bullying – CNN

She was one of only a few celebrities to be publicly pro-choice when South Korea legalized abortion this year, was open about her own mental health struggles and insisted women shouldn’t have to wear bras if they found them uncomfortable.

Sulli: K-pop star’s death prompts outpouring of grief and questions over cyber-bullying – CNN

sigh….

Plus, no country is perfect but Korea seems so un-modern in their attitudes towards women to these American eyes.

Trump calls on China to investigate Biden in extraordinary demand

Trump has called for China to investigate his leading political rival, in defiance of impeachment proceedings in Congress where he stands accused of abusing his office to put similar pressure on Ukraine.

At the same time as calling for an investigation of the former vice-president and frontrunner in the Democratic primary, Joe Biden, and his son Hunter, Trump noted that the US was in trade talks with China and “if they don’t do what we want, we have tremendous, tremendous power.”

…Hunter Biden was on the board of an energy company in the eastern European country, where Joe Biden, as vice-president, pressed for the dismissal of the chief prosecutor. There is no evidence of wrongdoing by father or son.

Trump has insisted he did nothing wrong in his dealings with the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelinskiy, and has even accused an intelligence whistleblower of treason for providing evidence that the president used the power of his office – the withholding of military aid and a summit meeting – for his own political ends.

However, Trump appeared to do just that in front of the cameras on the White House lawn on Thursday, when he openly called for Ukraine and China to investigate the Bidens.

…Trump’s China comments seemed likely to broaden the impeachment enquiry, which is already at fever pitch in Congress.

Trump calls on China to investigate Biden in extraordinary demand | US news | The Guardian

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