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Susan Greenberg loses her job in a good cause-offending China

By Susan Greenberg   March 1997

Why does china matter? In particular, why are western organisations so ready to trim their sails to get through Chinese trade winds which blow cold on any outside criticism of its record on human rights? British business figures mutter curses at Chris Patten for complicating matters with his “misplaced idealism” about democracy. The BBC is accused of censoring its own reports to safeguard satellite television access to those giant audiences. The Disney Corporation jeopardises lucrative deals by resisting Beijing pressure and proceeding with a film on the Dalai Lama-but Michael Ovitz, the executive responsible, is soon out on his ear.

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