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File photo of NBA star Enes Kanter Freedom. (Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)

NBA player Enes Kanter Freedom responded to the invitation of former NBA player Yao Ming to visit China on Wednesday (January 19), he said that he wanted to visit the real China, “will I be able to visit labor camps?”

Kanter, a 29-year-old NBA player is one of the few top international athletes who has bluntly criticized the “brutal dictatorship” of the Beijing regime and spoke out for human rights in China.

In a recent interview, Kanter criticized Beijing for using “money to buy silence” and called on athletes not to go to the Beijing Winter Olympics.

Yao Ming, a former NBA player and current chairman of the Chinese Basketball Association, responded to Kanter ‘s remarks at a news conference on Monday, 17th January: “I don’t know what Kanter ‘s motives or stance are, so I’m not necessarily qualified to comment.”

“Everyone has different channels of information, which may lead to different opinions” said Yao Ming, a former Houston Rockets basketball star.

“If there is a chance, I would like to invite Kanter to come to China and see…he may have a more comprehensive understanding of us (China).”

Kanter responded to Yao Ming’s invitation to visit China in an interview with CNN on Wednesday. “I want to say thank you to Yao Ming…” Kanter said, “Actually, I do want to go to China and see everything with my own eyes.”

“But on this trip, I want to ask Yao Ming if I can visit the labour camp?”

He added: “I don’t need the Chinese narrative, I don’t want to listen to propaganda. I do want to see the real China and show the world what’s going on. So, I’m definitely accept his invitation.”

Kanter recently posted outspoken criticism of the CCP’s policies on Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan on his personal social media. He officially changed his last name to Freedom in November 2021.

The U.S. State Department estimates that more than 2 million Uighurs and other ethnic minorities have been held in various “re-education camps” in Xinjiang since 2017, and Chinese authorities have repeatedly denied allegations of human rights violations.

Kanter’s bold criticism of the CCP caused a backlash in China. The Celtic team’s game was taken down by Chinese video streaming site Tencent, and the Beijing authorities named Kanter’s remarks.

“I want everyone to know that the CCP does not represent the core spirit of Olympic – Excellence, Friendship and Respect” Kanter said. “They are a brutal dictatorship. They threaten freedom, they don’t respect human rights.”

Earlier this week, NBA Golden State Warriors owner Chamath Palihapitiya said on a podcast that “No one cares what happened to the Uighurs in Xinjiang.” “It’s good that you care, but the rest of us don’t.”

Amid the outcry on the Internet, the Golden State Warriors subsequently issued an official statement to cut ties with Palihapitiya through the team official Twitter account. “As a limited investor with no involvement in the day-to-day operations of the Warriors, Palihapitiya does not speak for our team, and his views certainly do not reflect our team.”

Kanter said that Palihapitiya’s remarks were “unbelievable”. “It’s sad, and I’m so ashamed of him.”

Commentary: Kanter did ask Palihapitiya: What if your daughters, sister, mother and aunties were kept in the labour camps, and they were raped and forced birth control, will you care? In fact what happened in Xinjiang is happening around the world, as CCP created and released a lethal bioweapon virus – and mRNA spike protein experimental drug, under disguise as virtue with the holy name of “vaccine”, which later have brought CCP’s iron fist of totalitarism to the West and then rest of the world:

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