NBA-Linked Fund Invests In Companies Flagged As ‘Tools’ Of Chinese Communist Party.

A venture capital firm backed by Kobe Bryant – the late National Basketball Association star – has invested in several Chinese Communist Party-linked companies, including those flagged by the U.S. State Department as “tools” of the Chinese government.  The firm – Bryant Stibel – began operating in 2013, counting $100 million in funding from the National Basketball Association (NBA) all-star. Among the companies funded by the investment arm are companies with Chinese Communist Party ties: Alibaba, VIPKid, and Full Truck Alliance. Since 2016, the firm has invested in the online learning platform VIPkid alongside Tencent, which has been described as a