On August 6, Dexter Tiff Roberts was quoted in an article in Fortune that discussed Beijing’s outsize influence on China’s technology giants, highlighting that these companies contribute billions of dollars to the central government in order to escape scrutinization from the CCP. Roberts explains that “the sudden bout of gift-giving is certainly no guarantee that they won’t be targeted, [but] it certainly won’t hurt them in the eyes of the Party and its top leader, Xi Jinping.” Roberts also argues that these companies “all now must be aware they could be next in Beijing’s crosshairs; and that by demonstrating this largesse, they might insulate themselves at least a little from any future state action.”

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