ESPN’s “SportsCenter” aired an illegitimate map of China on Wednesday morning that featured Chinese propaganda claiming that the communist nation owns the disputed South China Sea, Taiwan, part of the Philippines, and Arunachal Pradesh.
The map is known as China’s “10-dash line” map which “features 10 dash lines instead of nine dash lines to mark a huge swath of the South China Sea in a tongue-shaped encirclement as Chinese territory,” GMA Network, a major national commercial broadcast television and radio network in the Philippines, reported in 2013. “Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have been contesting China’s massive claim of the territory. Nine dashes in the new Chinese map are in the South China Sea and a tenth dash has been placed near Taiwan, purportedly to signify that territory’s status as a Chinese province.”
Ankit Panda, Senior Editor of The Diplomat, noticed that the map also purportedly included Arunachal Pradesh — which is a state of India — in the map of China.
This *cannot* be real. (Appears to be the 10-dash version.) https://t.co/64yHvTSRNN— Ankit Panda (@nktpnd) October 10, 2019
And look— I’m not even taking sides. The joke is that ESPN is. Our “American” companies are the first to complain to @realDonaldTrump or @USTradeRep for help when they get squeezed, but in what sense are they acting on behalf of America?— Andrew Kloster (@ARKloster) October 10, 2019
ESPN’s decision to bow to the Communist Party of China (CPC) comes as the NBA has had to deal with intense fallout from their decision to cower to the communist nation after the general manager for the Houston Rockets tweeted out a pro-Hong Kong tweet.