China is proving remarkably skilled at taking its censorship policies global.
From NBA players to H&M executives to European Union officials to Hollywood celebrities like John Cena, the outside world is learning it’s best to avoid offending President Xi Jinping’s Communist Party.
But are Xi era sensitivities about to cut into economic bone?
Xi’s increasingly thin-skinned government is now actively scanning the internet and social media platforms for financial-related materials. In a Friday statement that was both vague and chilling, the Cyberspace Administration of China said it’s on the lookout for any content it deems as “maliciously” critical of mainland financial markets, domestic policies, economic data – you name it.
Critically, what is missing from the announcement is any detail on where the red lines lie.