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- “The owner of @brooklynNets @joetsai1999 is a coward & puppet of the Chinese gov’t,” he wrote. “Being anti-CCP does NOT mean being anti-Asian. It’s possible to #StopAsianHate & to stand up against the CCP. Human rights are not ‘western’ values, they are UNIVERSAL values.”
- Neither Tsai, Alibaba’s executive vice chairman nor the Nets have responded to Kanter’s tweet against the only Chinese basketball team owner in the NBA. Tsai is the second Asian person to own a team in the league, with Indian American businessman Vivek Ranadivé of the Sacramento Kings being the first.
- Kanter has been very active on social media in the past few months. He has openly criticized the CCP and issues regarding Tibet and Taiwan. He has also criticized China’s treatment of the most persecuted ethnic minority in China, the Uyghurs.
- President Tsai Ing-wen recently thanked Kanter for standing with Taiwan on the issue of its freedom.