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American values or Chinese cash: Pence tells big business to choose

US vice president calls NBA and Nike 'un-American'

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence slammed the NBA for "acting like a wholly owned subsidiary" of China in his Oct. 24 speech.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence wants large corporations to choose between standing up for American values and restraining their own speech to please China and retain access to its vast market.

In a fiery speech here Thursday, Pence slammed Nike and the National Basketball Association over what he saw as their weak-kneed responses to Chinese pressure regarding Hong Kong.

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