China’s state broadcaster banned the showing of Arsenal’s home game against Manchester City over the weekend following comments made by Mesut Özil in support of the Uyghur people in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang. Some have charged that what’s going on there is tantamount to cultural genocide (see, for example, here). Arsenal fans in China were spared the drubbing of their team by Manchester City, but the ban speaks to a big problem that China has: its thin skin and capacity for handling criticism. Read on….https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/economics-and-finance/mesut-ozil-has-fallen-foul-of-an-ever-more-belligerent-china-arsenal
George Magnus is an independent economist and commentator, an Associate at the China Centre, Oxford University, and an adviser to some asset management companies.
He is a regular contributor to the Financial Times, Prospect Magazine and other written media, and appears regularly on BBC TV and radio, Bloomberg TV and other outlets.
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