Vice President Mike Pence is accusing the NBA of “acting like a wholly-owned subsidiary” of China. Pence made the remarks during his Thursday policy address in Washington D.C., ahead of a new round of trade talks.
“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,” said Pence. [RELATED: President Trump Recognizes House Republicans For Demonstrating Loyalty During Protest]
“(By) siding with the Chinese Communist Party and silencing free speech, the NBA is acting like a wholly-owned subsidiary of the authoritarian regime,” Pence added.
The vice president also blasted Nike for appeasing China after the Houston Rockets general manager’s controversial tweet called for audiences to support Hong Kong’s fight for democracy.
“Nike promotes itself as a so-called social justice champion, but when it comes to Hong Kong, it prefers checking its social conscience at the door,” stated Pence.
“Nike stores in China actually removed their Houston Rockets merchandise from their shelves to join the Chinese government in protest against the Rockets general manager’s seven-word tweet.” [RELATED: Dems Caught in Hypocrisy: SO MANY Democrats Compared Clinton Impeachment to LYNCHING As Well!]
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his Chinese counterparts are scheduled to hold a new round of trade talks on Friday. This follows recent indications that there may be some positive movement forward on a trade deal between the U.S. and China.
Hong Kong has been the center of mass protests for months following the introduction of a controversial extradition bill.
The legislation has since been pulled, but protests are expected to continue due to additional demands from activists.
Over time, the demonstrations shifted into an overall pro-democracy campaign. [RELATED: Thousands of Self-Proclaimed ‘Witches’ Claim to Cast Massive Spell on Trump and His Supporters]