An increasing number of U.S. lawmakers voiced anger on Monday over the NBA’s response to a Houston Rockets official’s tweet backing Hong Kong democracy protests, raising U.S.-China tensions as talks to end a 15-month trade war resumed.The National Basketball Association, which has built a huge following and burgeoning business in China, said in a statement it regretted the remarks by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey. A Chinese-language version seemed to go further, with the league saying it was “extremely disappointed” in Morey’s “inappropriate” remarks.That prompted a torrent of criticism in U.S. political circles, with a number of U.S. senators excoriating the league for what they saw as a willingness to allow China to censor free speech and trample other American values for the sake of profit.“The NBA wants money, and the Communist Party of China is asking them to deny the most basic of human rights,” Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska said in a statement. “In response, the NBA issued a statement saying money is the most important thing.”Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a self-described lifelong Rockets fan, wrote in a tweet on Sunday that he had been proud to see Morey “call out the Chinese Communist Party’s repressive… Read full this story
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