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Washington Post Story on US-China Relations Cites Prof. Julian Ku’s Tweet About ESPN’s Use of Disputed China Map

Julian Ku, Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law, Faculty Director of International Programs

Outlook • Perspective
How China gets American companies to parrot its propaganda
Corporations self-censor to protect themselves from the Communist Party’s ire.
By Isaac Stone Fish
The Washington Post
Oct. 11, 2019

Excerpt:
But the greatest act of villainous, hypocritical cowardice this past week didn’t come from the NBA. At the height of the controversy, a senior news director at ESPN mandated that the network’s coverage “avoid any political discussions about China and Hong Kong,” according to Deadspin’s summary of a leaked memo — a shocking directive for the biggest political sports story of 2019. ESPN even broadcast a map that included Taiwan as part of China and a dotted line to represent China’s disputed claims in the South China Sea. “I’ve literally never seen that map outside of China,” tweeted Julian Ku, an expert on Chinese law. It was the most telling illustration yet of a major problem in U.S.-China relations.

Read the full article on the Washington Post website.

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