By "going all CCP" on an NBA team, the CCP may have gotten more bang for their RMB (or rather threat of lack thereof) than they ever hoped for.
Rights activists have for decades called for ethics to be part of the business equation with dictatorships, but it could be the CCP itself that finally makes it come true.
Xie Xie, Xi Dada.
Seriously. Trump could still pull an "MFN-to-PRC in exchange for a trump tower in Lhasa" card out of some cavity of his, but by now even Trump's redneck base is incensed that the CCP is ordering their sport around. It's increasingly looking like the next president is unlikely to be a panda panderer.