Shanghaiist reports that ESPN is joining many other American companies in trying to stay in good graces with the Chinese government.
On a Sportscenter segment on Wednesday covering the current NBA-China saga, the sports channel used a Beijing-friendly graphic to depict the country.
ESPN displayed a map of China which included the nine-dash line out into the South China Sea, as well as Taiwan and the Arunachal Pradesh region.
The segment can be found here:
This map is routinely used in China, but rarely abroad. Above all, in neighboring states.
The nine-dash line was first established in 1947 and claims sovereignty over a massive portion of the South China Sea where countries such as Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam had competing claims.
Additionally, China claims sovereignty over the Himalayan region of Arunachal Pradesh, which is technically under India’s jurisdiction. In 2017, China took it to another level by renaming districts in this region, which it calls “South Tibet.”
Similarly, Taiwan is another area that has been in dispute since China’s successful Communist revolution.
China has emphasized promoting this map, threatening to fine those who make, display, or sell maps that do not conform to Chinese standards.
Foreign companies have also been subject to this standard. In 2018, American clothing retailer the Gap apologized for a t-shirt design that did not have Taiwan in a map of China.
This past week, an internal memo was sent to ESPN employees warning them to not talk about China-Hong Kong politics, when addressing China’s firm response to Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey’s tweet supporting the Hong Kong protests.
While China escaped the destructiveness of Maoism and started to modernize in the 1980s, its authoritarian tendencies remain strong. In fact, under the leadership of Xi Jinping, the country seems to be reverting back to its authoritarian past. This is of great concern when considering America’s corporate interactions with the country. By conducting business in China for extensive periods of time, these interactions with Chinese corporate culture and the state tend to make American companies more receptive to authoritarian practices which they can import back home.
U.S. Law Enforcement Bust 27 People Connected to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel
Over two dozen people were arrested on drug charges in connection to a Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Following a two-year investigation, 27 people were arrested through Operation Tripwire, an investigation effort U.S. officials have been working on featuring members of the Sinaloa Cartel.
The trafficking network went from Los Angeles, California to Tucson, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where cocaine originating from Mexico was smuggled stateside. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady declared “this is a large organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the country and has direct ties to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.”
U.S. authorities recounted that the investigations started after an agent in Pittsburgh was able to identify an address that received large quantities of suspicious-looking packages coming from California. Since then, agents started to do investigation on other members of the network across the U.S.
Across the span of seven months, authorities were able to intercept U.S. calls made by some of the alleged traffickers with Sinaloa carte leaders in Mexico. On September 9, 2020, 27 were arrested in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.
According to American authorities, $1.3 million in cash and over 140 kilograms of cocaine were seized. The aforementioned people arrested are now facing a prison sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.
The border situation is no joke. Prior administrations have largely neglected the issue and have allowed for unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking to cross the U.S. border.
In a prior instance, BLP reported on how Mexico is a failed state that cannot maintain public order and is largely being pushed around by cartels. Due to its proximity to the U.S., Mexico’s problems will likely spillover stateside.
This is why border security is crucial. Thankfully, the U.S. has a president in Donald Trump that gets the memo. He’ll still need help from Congress, however,
That’s why it’s crucial that America First Republicans have strong showings at all branches of government in 2020.
News4 days ago
Southern Baptist Convention to Rename Itself In Nod to Black Lives Matter Movement
Hollywood4 days ago
Michelle Obama’s Influence Over Netflix Led to Release of Pro-Pedo Movie ‘Cuties’
Hollywood4 days ago
#CancelNetflix: Netflix Stock Tanking As Viewers Unsubscribe Over “Cuties”
Fake News Media3 days ago
SHAMEFUL: Fox News Censors Newt Gingrich for Correctly Stating George Soros’ Role in Fomenting BLM Terror
Crime3 days ago
Omaha Business Owner Who Killed BLM Rioter in Self-Defense is Hit with Multiple Felony Charges
Videos3 days ago
WATCH: Darren Beattie Explains the Globalist ‘Color Revolution’ to Oust President Trump on Tucker Carlson
Fake News Media4 days ago
FOREIGN INTERFERENCE: German-Owned ‘Scientific American’ Magazine Endorses Joe Biden
States3 days ago
Carolina Panthers Spanish-Language Broadcaster Resigns After Team Seeks to Censor His Support of Donald Trump