Film director Quentin Tarantino defies foreign censorship and refuses to re-edit his latest film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” to appease the Chinese Communist Party.

Tarantino’s new film was due to be released in China on Friday, Oct. 25, but a week earlier Chinese regulators removed the film from the calendar, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Although the Beijing communist regime gave no reason for the cancellation to Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio marketing the film, sources close to Bona Film Group, investors in the film, and the China Film Office told the Hollywood Reporter that it was Shannon Lee, daughter of  Bruce Lee, who had complained about the image of her father in the film.

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is about the events surrounding the 1969 Manson family massacre.

However, the director is not willing to surrender to Chinese censorship and does not plan to edit the film in any way, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

This firmness was applauded by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who celebrated Tarantino’s decision in a tweet.

“I applaud Quentin Tarantino’s refusal to recut his film to appease China’s censorship. Unalienable rights such as free speech should not be for sale,” Pompeo said on Twitter.

This case highlights the increasingly open censorship that the Chinese Communist regime imposes outside its borders using its economic power.

Fear of the CCP

The recent incident with the National Basketball Association (NBA) that has seen its broadcasting rights threatened in China because of a single tweet in defense of the pro-democracy demonstrators of Hong Kong, gives an idea of the fear aroused by the arbitrary and powerful censorship of China in the United States and the rest of the world.

An example of this was given by Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, when he refused to disclose his opinion on the democracy movement in Hong Kong on Oct. 22.

Iger said he had spoken in the past about some issues he considered “in the interests of the company,” such as the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris agreement.

However, on this occasion he feared that any comments would harm his company given its solid business in China with two giant theme parks in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

For former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the battle between the NBA and China goes beyond a tweet, he explained in Fox Nation’s “Deep Dive.”

“These are people who are very prepared to apply enormous blackmail to get what they want,” warned Gingrich.

“Just as with the NBA, you now have an increasing Chinese willingness to dictate in the United States what people are going to be allowed to see,” the writer and politician added.

“We have not come to grips yet,” Gingrich added, referring to the scale of the threat the Chinese communist regime poses to Western democracies.

 “There are going to be wrenching changes, frankly, defeating Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan was pretty wrenching. Defeating the Soviet Empire took basically from 1946 to 1991 … we actually need an ‘all of society’ approach,” Gingrich concluded.

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