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An NBA GM has done a better job of alerting the U.S. to the China threat than any politician, writes Axios' Erica Pandey.
Why it matters: Millions of Americans appear to be realizing the power and breadth of China's ability to censor and control on a worldwide scale.
But something else is happening here: The NBA, after initially backing away from Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey's tweet, is standing its ground — even though there are billions at stake if the league loses its Chinese audience.
China is hitting back: CCTV, the state-run broadcaster, has announced it will no longer air two pre-season games that will take place in China. "We're strongly dissatisfied and oppose Adam Silver's claim to support Morey's right to freedom of expression," CCTV said.
And new issues of China-backed censorship on U.S. shores are gaining attention.
The bottom line: "The NBA may be more strongly positioned to push back than other U.S. businesses that have run afoul of the Chinese government," WSJ reports.
Go deeper... Podcast: The NBA's future is China
A barefooted man walks through burning charcoal as he performs firewalking to celebrate the Double Ninth Festival in Jinhua, China.
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Simone Biles, who is 22 years old, "just officially became the most decorated female gymnast in history," CNN reports.
The bottom line: 15 of her 21 medals are gold, CNN notes.