The Chinese government blasted Vice President Mike Pence’s speech on the escalating scandal between the NBA and Hong Kong protesters earlier this week; calling his address “arrogant and hypocritical.”
“Beijing slammed US Vice President Mike Pence for his ‘arrogance and hypocrisy’ on Friday after he voiced support for Hong Kong democracy protesters and accused the NBA of kowtowing to China,” reports Yahoo Sports. “Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular press briefing that the United States should ‘cease expressing irresponsible opinions.’”
Pence commented on the NBA’s seemingly pro-China position during an address Wednesday; saying the league’s star athletes should speak out on behalf of pro-Democracy protesters.
“Some of the NBA’s biggest players and owners, who routinely exercise their freedom to criticize this country, lose their voices when it comes to the freedom and rights of other peoples,” Pence said.
“In siding with the Chinese Communist Party and silencing free speech, the NBA is acting like a wholly owned subsidiary of the authoritarian regime,” he added.
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