After a month of deafening silence, the foreign ministry in China has finally opened up and has revealed that the case surrounding tennis ace Peng Shuai was maliciously hyped up by external state actors.
Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai disappeared from the public eye after she made allegations of sexual assault against the former vice premier of the People Republic of China. Peng Shuai was gone for almost 3 weeks, after she made an appearance back on social media.
“Even if it’s just striking a stone with a pebble, or a moth attacking a flame and courting self destruction, I will tell the truth about you,” Peng Shuai had written in an article highlighting the abuse.
WTA Chairman Steve Simon stepped into the matter and called for authentic reports. “Her accusation about the conduct of a former Chinese leader involving a sexual assault must be treated with the utmost seriousness,” Simon said in the statement. “In all societies, the behavior she alleges that took place needs to be investigated, not condoned or ignored.”
However, now that Peng Shuai has made a return to the public eye, Chinese experts believe that the problem was maliciously highlighted by external state actors. “I believe you have all seen that she recently attended some public events and had a video call [with the president of the International Olympic Committee],” spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters.
“I think some people should stop deliberately and maliciously hyping [the issue] up, let alone politicise this issue,” he said.
Peng Shuai had a meeting with the head of the International Olympic Committee over the last weekend, with the head of the group saying she looked safe and appeared well. However, concerns over Ms Peng’s safety and wellbeing still persist among global circles. As per the WTA the recent videos “don’t alleviate or address… concern about her wellbeing and ability to communicate without censorship or coercion”.
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