Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai, who claimed to have an affair with a former vice-premier, appeared at a Beijing tennis tournament on Sunday. The United Nations (UN) on Saturday called for an investigation into Peng Shuai’s disappearance.
Beijing (China): The state-run Chinese media is hard at work trying to put its own spin on the alleged affair of star Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai with a former vice-premier of China.
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Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai, who claimed to have an affair with a former vice-premier, appeared at a Beijing tennis tournament on Sunday, as shown in photos published by the event’s organizer, Kyodo News reported.
This comes after international pressure mounted for an investigation into Peng Shuai’s disappearance. Peng, 35, a doubles champion at Wimbledon and the French Open, accused former Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault according to screenshots of a since-deleted Weibo post dated November 2.
Earlier, on Saturday, a ‘new’ video was released by the Chinese state media in which Shuai was seen with her friends in a restaurant having dinner.
“I acquired two video clips, which show Peng Shuai was having dinner with her coach and friends in a restaurant. The video content clearly shows they are shot on Saturday Beijing time,” Global Times Editor in Chief Hu Xijint tweeted along with the video posted on Twitter.
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This video comes after Hu said he had confirmed through his sources that photos shared on Twitter by Chinese state media, purportedly showing Peng at home, depicted her “current state”.
The United Nations (UN) on Saturday called for an investigation into Peng Shuai’s disappearance while the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) is willing to lose hundreds of millions of dollars worth of business in China for the tennis player.
China is facing pressure from the UN over Chinese tennis stars’ whereabouts as the organization called for an investigation into her allegations of sexual assault, reported CNN.
Meanwhile, the White House on Friday said that it is “deeply concerned” about reports that claimed that Peng Shuai appeared to be missing.
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“We are deeply concerned about reports that Peng Shuai appears to be missing after accusing a former PRC (Peoples Republic of China) senior official of sexual assaults. We join in the calls for PRC authorities to provide independent and verifiable proof of her whereabouts and that she is safe,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
first published:Nov. 21, 2021, 5:09 p.m.