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Taking a Stand against Imperialistic Chinese Censors

October 31, 2019 in Economics

By Doug Bandow

Doug Bandow

Maserati of Italy is the latest Western business racing to prostrate itself before Chinese censors. Owned by Fiat, the car company recently requested that its local Taiwanese dealer drop sponsorship of the Golden Horse Awards, the Asian equivalent of America’s Academy Awards.

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Last year, a Taiwanese award recipient declared that she was looking forward to when her country would be treated like, well, a country, which sparked wailing and gnashing of teeth in the People’s Republic of China. So the luxury carmaker is now groveling, lest it lose access to all of those new billionaires on the mainland. “Maserati always respects China’s territorial integrity, history and culture,” it said, “and firmly upholds the one-China principle.” What other Chinese Communist Party principles does Maserati uphold?

One suspects that President Xi Jinping and his CCP apparatchiks are enjoying as those in the West who once invaded and occupied Imperial China now prostrate themselves and parrot the Beijing line. And alas, it isn’t just Maserati. Despite its progressive pretensions, the NBA went into full submission mode after Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted his support for the Hong Kong demonstrators (it did flip back a bit under public pressure). Apple, Christian Dior, Gap, Zara, and a gaggle of airlines have also engaged in high-level sniveling.

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The Xi regime targeted 44 international airlines, insisting that they not list Taiwan as a separate nation. It also insisted that the firms’ entire websites, not just their Chinese language variants, treat the Republic of China, still officially recognized by a handful of small nations, as Chinese territory. American, Delta, Hawaiian, and United were the last to comply, but comply they did—although the PRC still complained when Taipei was listed without a country rather than as part of China (Chinese cities are named the same way).

Other cases involve Activision Blizzard, Cathay Pacific Airways, Marriott, Mercedes Benz, Tiffany, Versace, and many more. This all is “Orwellian nonsense,” as Washington complained last year, in requesting talks …read more

Source: OP-EDS