Mainland China Retaliates Against Cathay Pacific Over Hong Kong Protests

A requirement to avoid Chinese airspace for Cathay Pacific would add time and fuel expense to flights. The airline might choose to exert pressure on employees not to protest and even express support for protests in social media or be penalized by being unable to work.

Meanwhile Chinese media is reporting on state-owned enterprises instructing employees not to fly Cathay Pacific when other airline flights are available.

This is an attack on Cathay Pacific. It's also an effort to leverage Cathay Pacific's influence over its employees. And it's a demonstration of the ability of mainland China to punish Hong Kong companies and workers for defiance.

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