Should foreign firms mind their own business over China’s politics?

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Foreign companies are increasingly coming under pressure from Beijing for making political comments it considers sensitive.

China has long been sensitive about what’s said at home and controls everything that could affect its image.

Now foreign businesses are feeling the heat.

China’s message is watch what you say if you want to do business here – or pay the price.

And that could prove costly for many firms, particularly those in the U.S. that rely on the Chinese market.

They have been vulnerable to boycotts from Chinese consumers and pressured by state media and online platforms.

Content considered sensitive ranges from sympathy with protesters in Hong Kong to adverts seen as racist.

And the latest row with the U-S National Basketball Association, or NBA, has raised concerns over freedom of speech.

So are companies prioritising profit?


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