China has an extensive propaganda campaign to boost its popularity in the United States and across the world. Rather its attempting to get Americans to recognize their claim over Taiwan or brushing over their crimes against the Uyghurs, the Communist Chinese government has invested billions of dollars in propaganda to bolster their image. Earlier this month, a Chinese propaganda video was posted on the jumbotron at a Washington Capitals game. On Tuesday night, the NBA had a pre-game message for fans from the Communist Chinese government to at the Capitol One Arena. The Gateway Pundit Reports–
Chinese Ambassador to #US @AmbQinGang greeted spectators for Washington Wizards vs Los Angeles Clippers on Tue night, sending congratulations for @NBA 75th Anniversary. He also wished the Chinese and US delegations @TeamUSA to @Beijing2022 have good performance. #ChinaUSRelations pic.twitter.com/Hs4i6HasKS
— Qingqing_Chen (@qingqingparis) January 26, 2022
The National Basketball Association (NBA) subjected an audience at Tuesday night’s game between the Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers to a speech by Chinese Ambassador to America Qin Gang.
Capital One Arena broadcast a pre-recorded speech by Qin to the audience on Tuesday on the occasion of Lunar New Year – which the NBA referred to as “Chinese New Year,” despite it being a celebration observed throughout Asia – that also featured Chinese dance troupes, a performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” on a Chinese traditional instrument, and other activities “honoring Chinese culture.”
This official Chinese government appearance at what was billed as an apolitical sporting event follows years of efforts by both the NBA and the Communist Party to strengthen ties, resulting in the NBA profiting to the tune of billions of dollars. The NBA’s partnership with Chinese mega-streamer Tencent ensures that Chinese fans can watch government-censored versions of the competition in the United States. The league’s eagerness to cooperate with government-friendly Chinese partners has elevated the profiles of individuals such as Alibaba founder and billionaire Joseph Tsai, owner of the Brooklyn Nets, who has used this platform to promote his authoritarian, pro-Beijing opinions in the league.