ESPN criticized over China-NBA coverage for using ‘nine-dash line’ map
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ESPN criticized over China-NBA coverage for using ‘nine-dash line’ map

BEIJING (Reuters) – The sports network ESPN faced fresh criticism of its coverage of a row between the National Basketball Association (NBA) and China after using a map that appeared to endorse the country’s claims to both Taiwan and disputed territories in the South China Sea. FILE PHOTO: The ESPN logo is seen on an electronic display in Times Square in New York City, U.S., August 23, 2017. REUTERS/Mike SegarA now-deleted tweet by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey last week supporting anti-government protests in Hong Kong has sparked a massive backlash in China,with a fan event canceled and Chinese partners cutting ties with the NBA. An ESPN broadcast on Wednesday morning in the United States showed a map of China that included both Taiwan, a self-ruled island that Beijing regards as a renegade province, and the so-called “nine-dash line,” a feature used on official Chinese maps to illustrate disputed claims to vast expanses of the strategically important South China Sea. The use of the map, which had a ten-dash version of the line, was visible in a video uploaded to YouTube by an ESPN journalist. An ESPN broadcast earlier in the week had used a map of Chin
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