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The relationship of Disney and the CCP of China

Highlights of the Chinese Gov't and Disney relationship:

Politically, the CCP has nearly total control over what media content is allowed in the country. It frequently restricts or censors content it deems inappropriate or inconsistent with the country's values and objectives. An example of how Disney deals with this is that Disney will redesign posters to hide the black cast of Disney films.

Timeline of Disney and the CCP Chinese Government coming together

  1. 1980s: The Walt Disney Company's relationship with China with the importation of Disney cartoons which are popular with children in China.

  2. 1994: Disney's attempts a first venture in China of a theme park in Guangzhou, but is not successful.

  3. 1996: Disney's distribution of Kundun, a film about the 14th Dalai Lama, results in a total ban of Disney films in China because the film indirectly raises up the issue of China's 1950 invasion of the country and the 1959 crackdown on a Tibetan revolt that resulted in the Dalai Lama fleeing the country.

  4. 1998: Disney's is allowed to release the animated film Mulan in CHina but it gets a tepid response.

  5. 2005: Hong Kong Disneyland opens.

  6. 2008: Disney and the Chinese government announce plans to build a Disneyland in Shanghai.

  7. 2010: The Chinese government formally approves plans for Shanghai Disneyland.

  8. 2016: After six years of construction and an investment of $5.5 billion, Shanghai Disneyland officially opens to the public.

  9. 2020: Disney's live-action Mulan remake draws criticism because it was filmed partially in the Xinjiang area which has facilities for slave labour and concentration camps. The mass detention of Uighurs and other ethnic minority groups, some estimates saying over one million, are imprisoned there.

Related:

Disney... Cars toys are being made in a factory in China that uses child labour and forces staff to do three times the amount of overtime allowed by law, according to an investigation. – Business Humanrights.org [Article from August 2011]


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