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              moreby Sebastian Hughes   Several international organizations have demanded verifiable proof of tennis star Peng Shuai’s safety, but experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation that obtaining such evidence from the Chinese government is practically impossible. “Until the communist regime falls, Peng is probably going to remain under custody in China,” Gordon G. Chang, author of “The Coming Collapse of China,” told the DCNF. Peng  disappeared from public life after posting an accusation of sexual assault against former top Chinese official Zhang Gaoli. Though she has since reemerged, concern remains over her well-being. “I think probably, at this point, the endgame is that she’s allowed to leave the country,” Kelley Eckels Currie, former U.S. ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues, told the DCNF. However, she said the probability of that happening was unlikely, and even if she did escape, “as long as she has family in the country, they’ll be able to … threaten her.” Currie said that Peng was unlikely to be harmed, but emphasized she was likely facing “intense psychological pressure” because the Chinese government would have made clear how...
    Despite numerous international organizations demanding verifiable proof of tennis star Peng Shuai’s well-being, experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation her safety will always be at risk. “Until the communist regime falls, Peng is probably going to remain under custody in China,” Gordon G. Chang, author of “The Coming Collapse of China,” told the DCNF. “As long as she has family in the country, they’ll be able to … threaten her,” Kelley Eckels Currie, former U.S. ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues, told the DCNF. “A lot of them seek to tear apart families limb by limb because they really recognize that family is a fundamental building block of society,” Olivia Enos, senior policy analyst in the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation, told the DCNF of the Chinese government’s tactics. Several international organizations have demanded verifiable proof of tennis star Peng Shuai’s safety, but experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation that obtaining such evidence from the Chinese government is practically impossible. “Until the communist regime falls, Peng is probably going to remain under custody in China,”...
    Listen to this episode of The Times: Apple Podcasts Spotify Stitcher Google Podcasts On Nov. 2, Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai published a letter on her verified social media account that accused a former top Chinese government official of sexual assault. Then suddenly, she disappeared. But it’s not just people with name recognition who are disappearing in the country. Human rights group Safeguard Defenders estimates that more than 45,000 people were subjected to a form of secret detention since President Xi Jinping assumed power in 2013. Today, we speak with L.A. Times Beijing Bureau Chief Alice Su, who has been investigating this phenomenon. And we’ll also hear from a writer who studies feminism in China. Host: Gustavo Arellano Guests: L.A. Times Beijing bureau chief Alice Su, and author Leta Hong Fincher More reading: They helped Chinese women, workers, the forgotten and dying. Then they disappeared Women’s tennis tour suspends events in China over Peng Shuai concerns EU wants ‘verifiable proof’ that Chinese tennis player...
    If Thomas Bach or Adam Silver need some pointers on standing up for human rights instead of the bottom line, they should give a call to Steve Simon over at the women’s tennis tour. Finally, someone picked right over the almighty yuan. Treading courageously into territory that Bach’s International Olympic Committee and Silver’s NBA steadfastly avoided — not to mention other sports organizations and countless corporate giants — the WTA suspended its tournaments in China because of concern for Grand Slam doubles champion Peng Shuai. Simon, the WTA’s president and CEO, is all alone on Backbone Island, taking a stance that will undoubtedly deliver a huge financial blow to an organization that had been a major player in the lucrative Chinese market. Don’t expect anyone else to follow. Simon conceded as much, stressing that he wasn’t trying to influence the decisions made by other sports or governing bodies. But his organization had to take a stand, he said, after Peng accused a former top Communist Party official of sexual assault. “I’m not looking to send a message to...
    (CNN)Human rights activist Peter Dahlin says the International Olympic Committee's calls with Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai are putting her at "greater risk" and that they are "obviously staged."One of China's most recognizable sports stars, Peng publicly accused a former top Communist Party official, Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, of coercing her into sex at his home three years ago in a since-deleted social media post dated November 2.Peng was immediately muffled by blanket censorship and disappeared from public view for more than two weeks.The IOC says it has held two calls with Peng.According to the Olympic organization, its president, Thomas Bach, held a 30-minute video call with three-time Olympian Peng, alongside a Chinese sports official and an additional IOC representative on November 21. Read MoreOn Wednesday, the IOC held a second call with Peng and said that the Chinese tennis star "reconfirmed" that she was safe and well given the "difficult situation" she is in. "The practice of stage-managed appearances is most often referred to as forced televised confessions, though recently PRC [People's Republic of China] police will more often...
              more   Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed all-star panelist and senior editor-at-large at The Epoch Times Roger Simon in-studio to discuss the possible whereabouts of professional Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai. Leahy: We are joined in studio by our very good friend, my former boss at PJTV, now an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter. Should have won it, by the way, Roger. And then also currently an editor at large with The Epoch Times. The great writer, Roger Simon. Good morning, Roger. Simon: Good morning. And where’s my coffee? Leahy: Yes, I forgot. I’ve got to get better at providing the appropriate libations for our morning guests here, Roger. Lots going on locally and nationally. Of course, we’ve got the hearing on the abortion case going on nationally. But I want to talk to you about an international case. You’re a tennis guy. I want to talk to you about the case of Peng Shuai. Is she alive?...
    The European Union demanded on Tuesday China release “verifiable proof” of the safety of tennis player Peng Shuai, who disappeared earlier this month. The EU is seeking evidence that Peng, a three-time Olympian and former top-ranked doubles player, is safe after she disappeared from the public eye earlier this month. The tennis star went missing after she accused a former Communist Party official, Zhang Gaoli, of sexual assault, and there has been little evidence to point to her well-being since. “The EU joins growing international demands, including by sport professionals, for assurances that she is free and not under threat,” the EU said in a statement . “In this spirit, the EU requests the Chinese government to provide verifiable proof of Peng Shuai’s safety, well-being and whereabouts." LOS ANGELES SHERIFF WON'T USE CORONAVIRUS TEST PROVIDER DUE TO ALLEGED TIES TO CHINA The EU is also asking Chinese authorities to conduct a full investigation into Peng's allegations of sexual assault against Zhang, who allegedly coerced her into sex and a nonconsensual relationship, the outlet reported. ...
    The European Union said Tuesday that it wants China to release "verifiable proof" that tennis player Peng Shuai is safe and to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into her sexual assault allegations. Peng, a three-time Olympian and former top-ranked doubles player, dropped out of public view after accusing a former Communist Party official of sexual assault. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Peng only has had a few direct contacts with officials outside China since she disappeared from public view earlier this month. She told Olympic officials in a Nov. 21 video call from Beijing that she was safe and well. "Her recent public reappearance does not ease concerns about her safety and freedom," an EU spokesperson said. Peng made the sexual assault allegation online against a former member of the Communist Party’s ruling Standing Committee, Zhang Gaoli. The tennis player's post was removed within minutes, and she stopped appearing in public. "The EU joins growing international demands, including by sport professionals, for assurances that she is free and not under threat," the EU said in a...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Tuesday that it wants China to release “verifiable proof” that tennis player Peng Shuai is safe and to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into her sexual assault allegations. Peng, a three-time Olympian and former top-ranked doubles player, dropped out of public view after accusing a former Communist Party official of sexual assault. Peng only has had a few direct contacts with officials outside China since she disappeared from public view earlier this month. She told Olympic officials in a Nov. 21 video call from Beijing that she was safe and well. MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 23: Shuai Peng and Shuai Zhang of China during their Women’s Doubles first round match against Veronika Kudermetova of Russia and Alison Riske of the United States on day four of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) “Her recent public reappearance does not ease concerns about her safety and freedom,” an EU spokesperson said. Peng made the sexual assault allegation online against a...
    HOUSTON (AP) — Chinese officials’ formal complaint of racist abuse toward one of their players at the table tennis world championships in Texas was taken “very, very seriously,” the sport’s governing body said. A racial slur seemed to be directed by an unidentified spectator at Liang Jingkun during his match on Friday at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. The sixth-seeded Liang went on to beat Liam Pitchford of England. “We got a complaint from the Chinese Table Tennis Association and we noticed something on one night ourselves,” said Steve Dainton, chief executive of the International Table Tennis Federation. “And as soon as we got that complaint, together with the local organizers, we took it very, very serious, and we started to take action,” Dainton told Chinese broadcaster CGTN America. Liang advanced to the men’s singles semifinals and lost on Sunday to top-seeded teammate Fan Zhendong, the Tokyo Olympics silver medalist. The ITTF’s newly elected president, Petra Sörling, said the issue was taken “very, very, seriously” by the organization she was elected last week to lead. “We are...
    Last week, Human Rights Watch addressed a public letter to the International Olympic Committee, a kleptocracy that owns and operates the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, calling on the IOC to stop promoting “Chinese state propaganda” regarding tennis star Peng Shuai’s sexual-assault allegations against former People’s Republic of China Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, and subsequent disappearance. “The IOC has vaulted itself from silence about Beijing’s abysmal human rights record to active collaboration with Chinese authorities in undermining freedom of speech and disregarding alleged sexual assault,” read the letter, quoting Yaqiu Wang, a policy researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The IOC appears to prize its relationship with a major human rights violator over the rights and safety of Olympic athletes.” There’s something bitterly funny about HRW shaming the IOC for promoting authoritarianism, because even a cursory reading of the history of the IOC is crystal clear on the matter: the IOC loves enabling authoritarianism. Can’t get enough of it. Telling the IOC to stop collaborating with violent, autocratic forces is like telling your dog to stop eating cat poop from...
    The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) CEO Steve Simon said in an email statement Saturday that email exchanges purportedly from Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai show “her responses were influenced by others.” Simon has tried reaching out to Peng through “various communication channels” including email, CNN reported. Peng went missing shortly after accusing former top Chinese official Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault, and though she’s since been seen by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) president, concerns remain over her ability to speak freely. Simon has “decided not to re-engage via email until he was satisfied her responses were her own, and not those of her censors” after the emails made “clear” her responses were being influenced, according to the statement, CNN reported. The WTA also remains “deeply concerned” that Peng “is not free from censorship or coercion.” “The WTA remains concerned about her ability to communicate freely, openly, and directly,” the WTA statement added according to CNN. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: The Women’s Tennis Association Is Taking On China After Top Athlete Disappeared – But Players Want More) SHENZHEN, CHINA – OCTOBER 25: CEO...
    The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) “remains deeply concerned” that Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai “is not free from censorship or coercion.” In an email statement on Saturday, the WTA says CEO Steve Simon has attempted to reach out to Peng “via various communication channels,” including two emails “to which it was clear her responses were influenced by others.” Simon has therefore “decided not to re-engage via email until he was satisfied her responses were her own, and not those of her censors.” “The WTA remains concerned about her ability to communicate freely, openly, and directly,” the statement concludes. One of China’s most recognizable sports stars, `Peng publicly accused former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of coercing her into sex at his home, according to screenshots of a since-deleted social media post dated November 2. Following the accusation, Peng disappeared from public view, prompting several fellow tennis players to express worry on social media, using the hashtag #WhereIsPengShuai. On November 21, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said in a statement that its president, Thomas Bach, had a 30-minute video call with...
    Hong Kong (CNN)Before retiring as Vice Premier, Zhang Gaoli was the face of China's organizing efforts ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics.As the head of a government working group on the Beijing Games, Zhang inspected venue construction sites, visited athletes, unveiled official emblems, and held meeting after meeting to coordinate preparation work.He received International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach at the leadership compound in the Chinese capital in 2016, promising to make the Games "fantastic, extraordinary and excellent."But now, three years into his retirement and less than three months before the Olympics, Zhang has found himself at the center of an explosive #MeToo scandal that has prompted global uproar -- amplifying calls for a boycott of the Games that he helped organize. China's then-Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli meets with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in Beijing on June 12, 2016. Zhang, 75, was accused by Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, 35, of sexual assault at his home after he retired three years ago. The two-time Grand Slam doubles champion also alleged a relationship with Zhang over an intermittent...
    Critics of the communist Chinese government have argued that opening up business opportunities in China has allowed an antagonistic regime to use its financial power to take advantage of American companies. Some have stood up to the communist regime despite the risk of losing massive financial gain. Among the more laudable efforts are those of the World Tennis Association, which has demanded China answer for the disappearance of a professional tennis player who had accused a former Chinese official of sexual assault. "We're definitely willing to pull our business and deal with all the complications that come with it," said World Tennis Association president Steve Simon. "Because this is certainly, this is bigger than the business," he concluded. "Women need to be respected and not censored." Others, like NBA basketball star Lebron James, have been publicly lambasted for appeasing China while calling on Americans to join anti-racism political movements at home. Here's the video of Melissa Lee's comments: Jamie Dimon walks back remarks that JPMorgan would outlast China's communist party www.youtube.com
    A Chinese official slammed Western media and organizations for "maliciously hyping" tennis star Peng Shuai's situation in a rare comment by Beijing on the matter.  Peng, 35, wrote a post on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform, alleging sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of China's former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli. Peng claimed Zhang, 75, forced her to have sex despite repeated refusals following a round of tennis three years ago.  The post was quickly deleted and Peng disappeared from social media and public view for two weeks. Tennis players and officials, led by Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) CEO Steve Simon, are demanding a full investigation into Peng’s claims as well as assurances of her safety and wellbeing.  Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian takes a question at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP) (Photo by GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images) (GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images) Beijing has maintained it is "unaware" of Peng’s situation, but Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, on Tuesday, made a direct comment on the issue, taking aim at the...
    The Chinese Foreign Ministry finally commented Tuesday on the case of tennis star Peng Shuai, who disappeared after making bombshell rape allegations against a senior Chinese Communist Party (CCP) official. After days of refusing to answer questions about Peng, the Foreign Ministry accused people around the world of “maliciously hyping up” and “politicizing” Peng’s story. Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian still insisted Peng’s case is “not a diplomatic matter” on Tuesday, but this time he added some comments about photos and videos released by the Chinese government to prove Peng is alive and well. “I believe you have all seen that she recently attended some public events and had a video call with IOC [International Olympic Committee] President Thomas Bach,” Zhao said. “I think some people should stop deliberately and maliciously hyping up, let alone politicize this issue,” he added. Peng, a major sports celebrity in China, disappeared shortly after writing a November 2 post on China’s Weibo social media platform in which she accused former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of forcing her to have sex a decade ago....
    The NBA, Nike and basketball star LeBron James have remained silent on the disappearance and concerns surrounding Chinese tennis star Peng Shaui after she made sexual assault allegations against a former senior Chinese Communist Party leader.  Fox News reached out to the NBA’s press team, as well as to Upland Workshop - an advisory company founded and led by James’ spokesman and advisor Adam Mendelsohn - for comment on Peng’s disappearance and questions over her safety. Fox News did not receive responses.  A search of the Twitter accounts belonging to the NBA and James also show no comment about the tennis star. There are also no press releases on the NBA’s website about the matter.  MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Shuai Peng of China reacts in her first round match against Eugene Bouchard of Canada during day two of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia.(Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images) ((Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)) The NBA and James, however, have both weighed in on Kyle Rittenhouse. The NBA released a statement...
    A global clamour is growing, which even the closed ears of Beijing’s totalitarian elite have found impossible to shut out. ‘Where is Peng Shuai,' the world wants to know. And ‘Is Peng Shuai safe?’ For those still unaware, Peng is the Chinese tennis star who disappeared from public view three weeks ago, after using local social media to accuse one of the country’s former vice-premiers of committing a serious sexual assault on her. The fallout from her whistleblowing has been instructive. And chilling. Much has been said and written by Chinese apologists, partners and investors about the nation’s technological and infrastructure advancements. What is also clear, though, is that the Chinese regime has a very different approach to female emancipation and the exigencies of the #MeToo era. Peng is the Chinese tennis star who disappeared from public view three weeks ago, after using local social media to accuse one of the country’s former vice-premiers of committing a serious sexual assault on her What is also clear, though, is that the Chinese regime has a very different approach to female emancipation...
    Communist officials shut down CNN’s satellite feed on Chinese television during the cable network’s Monday reporting on missing Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai. On Monday, the CNN feed for its New Day morning show was cut, presumably to keep Chinese citizens from seeing news on the missing tennis player who accused a high-level government official of raping her in 2018. Early this month, Shuai took to Weibo, one of China’s most prominent social media sites, to tell fans that Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli had sexually assaulted her. Her account was immediately shut down, and the player disappeared from public view until last week when she appeared on a government leaked video that the government claims to show she is OK. MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 23: Shuai Peng of China plays a backhand during her Women’s Doubles first round match with partner Shuai Zhang of China against Veronika Kudermetova of Russia and Alison Riske of the United States on day four of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive...
    CNN put China's efforts to censor the growing controversy of the missing Chinese tennis superstar on full display.  There has been an international outcry over the disappearance of Peng Shuai, who has not been seen in public ever since she accused a former member of the Communist Party’s ruling Standing Committee of sexual assault. #METOO, FEMINIST ORGANIZATIONS SILENT ON CHINESE TENNIS STAR'S DISAPPEARANCE AFTER ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS While discussing the latest developments surrounding Shuai on "New Day," CNN had a box on display labeled "live feed in China," showing the network's coverage on a slight delay from the American broadcast.  But just moments in a report addressing Shuai, CNN's live feed can be seen being cut, being replaced with color bars.  "I want to explain to viewers what is happening on our screen right now because underneath your face, they can see a box which is the actual live feed of this broadcast in China but its all color bars," CNN anchor John Berman told correspondent Will Ripley, who was reporting live from Taiwan. "It went to color bars the minute...
    CNN aired for its audience in the U.S. live footage of the network being censored by Chinese officials as its journalists reported on the case of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai.  "I want to explain to our viewers what's happing on our screen right now," John Berman, host of New Day said Monday during a segment on Peng. "They can see an actual live feed of this broadcast in China, but it's all color bars and it went to color bars the minute you started talking," Berman told correspondent Will Ripley.  "I've lost count the number of times over the last eight years in Asia covering China of how many times CNN's coverage of controversial issues has been censored," Ripley responded. "It used to go to straight black, now they've upgraded and went to color bars, but nonetheless it is a live real-time example of of the censorship that's happening in the mainland."  Peng apparently went missing earlier this month after accusing a high-ranking Chinese official of sexual assault. Conversations about her allegations were reportedly blocked from China's internet and much of her...
    Prominent feminist organizations in the U.S. have so far remained silent on the disappearance and ongoing concern over Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, who accused a former member of the Communist Party’s ruling Standing Committee of sexual assault.  Fox News reached out to the press offices for the National Organization for Women, Time’s Up and "me too. Movement" for comment on her disappearance and questions over her safety after she resurfaced in recent photos and videos. None of the organizations responded to the inquiries.  Fox News also examined the Twitter pages and press release pages for the groups and did not see statements on Peng.  Me Too and Time's Up were both formed to raise awareness and support for women who have been sexually assaulted or harassed. NOW was established in 1966 and is America's largest organization of feminists.  While the NOW, Me Too, and Time’s Up have not commented on the matter, the groups have issued recent comments on sexual assault against women in the international community and the treatment of women in the sports world.  "Women have a...
    The Chinese Communist Party flooded social media this weekend with images of Peng Shuai, a tennis champion who disappeared after accusing a senior communist of raping her, insisting she was neither missing nor in danger. The International Olympic Committee (IOC), one of the world’s top enablers of human rights abuses in China, also published a photo allegedly showing its president, Thomas Bach, speaking to Peng on a video call. The screen showing Peng appeared blurred in the photo and the image offered no indication of when it was taken. China is hosting the Winter Olympics next year despite global outrage at granting that honor to a nation that, in addition to apparently disappearing top athletes when politically expedient, is currently engaging in genocide, among other human rights atrocities. The Chinese government propaganda newspaper Global Times‘ editor, Hu Xijin, published undated videos on Saturday that allegedly showed Peng at a teen tennis tournament in Beijing and dining at a restaurant. The images surfaced after the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) threatened to withdraw all of its business from China in response to Peng’s...
    A video call between Olympic officials and Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai, whose nearly three-week disappearance from public view sparked an outcry, was meant to reassure the world that she was safe — but instead has raised more questions. Concern grew in the last week for the former No. 1-ranked doubles player — who hadn't been seen since accusing a senior Chinese official of sexual assault on Nov. 2. Tennis stars and fans alike demanded to know #WhereIsPengShuai, and the head of the Women’s Tennis Association threatened to pull lucrative events from China. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM On Sunday, the International Olympic Committee said Peng spoke to officials, including IOC President Thomas Bach, in a 30-minute video call from Beijing. According to the organization's statement, she reassured them that she was well and thanked them for their concern — while asking for privacy. The IOC posted a photo that shows Bach facing a screen on which Peng appears but did not release video of the call. On the same day, China Open posted videos and photos...
    Hong Kong (CNN)China continues to face pressure over tennis star Peng Shuai, who disappeared from public life after making explosive allegations of sexual assault against a top Communist Party official. Peng, 35, one of China's most recognizable athletes, accused former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of coercing her into sex, according to screenshots of a since-deleted social media post dated November 2.Chinese censors wiped out any mention of the accusation online and blocked her social media accounts on China's internet. Attempts by China to show Peng is safe -- including an email purportedly from Peng and several video clips of the athlete -- have only added to the concern over her safety. On Sunday, the International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach held a video phone call with Peng. Read MoreSome of the sport's biggest names have called on China to confirm her safety and investigate her allegations. Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Chairman and CEO Steve Simon has threatened to pull out of China if Peng is not accounted for and her accusations not properly investigated. Here's what you need to know...
    Hong Kong (CNN)Almost as abruptly as she had vanished, Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai reappeared in public view over the weekend.Since Friday evening, a steady stream of photos and videos purporting to show a smiling Peng going about her life in Beijing have surfaced on Twitter -- all posted by individuals working for Chinese government-controlled media and the state sport system, on a platform blocked in China.The apparent propaganda push was followed Sunday by a video call between Peng and International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach, during which the three-time Olympian insisted she is "safe and well, living at her home in Beijing" and "would like to have her privacy respected," according to a statement from the IOC.The flurry of "proof of life" videos came amid a firestorm of global concern for Peng, who disappeared from the public eye for more than two weeks after taking to social media to accuse former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of coercing her into sex at his home -- an explosive and politically sensitive allegation that triggered blanket censorship in China.While Peng's public...
              moreby Roger Kaplan   In early November, the Chinese (PRC) tennis star Peng Shuai wrote on her blog that she had been aggressed in 2018 by a Communist Party boss and vice-premier, Zhang Gaoli, who made her his concubine. The blog post, on the Chinese social media platform Weibo, was removed in less time than it takes to play a set, 20 minutes.  Peng’s glory days as an athlete were in the mid-teens, when she was the first Chinese tennis player to reach a no. 1 ranking; hers was in doubles. In that format she won Wimbledon 2013 and Roland-Garros 2014, partnering with the Taiwan (Free China) player Hsieh Su-wei (at a time when the Chicoms were offering Hsieh big bucks to defect to their side); Peng was also strong in singles, ranked no. 14.   Peng has not been seen in public or heard from since her blog was censured.  A transparently faked message that she is well, at home and resting, was put out on a Communist-controlled social media platform over her signature, but it has gained no credibility. Peng’s...
              moreby Ailan Evans   YouTube prevented a video about a missing Chinese tennis star from receiving advertising revenue on Friday. The video, titled “Chinese Star VANISHES After Rape Accusation I Breaking Points with Krystal and Saagar” and appearing on the Breaking Points channel, was demonetized early Friday, according to a tweet from the channel’s host Saagar Enjeti. Enjeti posted a screenshot of an email purportedly from YouTube to the Breaking Points channel informing him that the video “isn’t suitable for all advertisers” and would not be eligible to run ads. The video concerned Peng Shuai, a female tennis player in the Women’s Tennis Association who is reportedly missing after she accused former vice premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault in a Nov. 2 Weibo post. Following Peng’s post, Chinese authorities attempted to remove all traces of the post from the internet, CNN reported. “Sorry @YouTube. We meant to say Peng Shaui is safe and sound and  just can’t wait for the Olympics in China which ofc is the best country in the world!” Enjeti tweeted as a caption to the screenshot. Google did not immediately respond...
    TENNIS star Peng Shuai appears to be safe and well after speaking with Olympic officials in a video call. The Chinese doubles specialist was feared to have vanished after making allegations of sexual assault against senior minister Zhang Gaoli. 3Peng Shuai made allegations of sexual assault against politician Zhang GaoliCredit: AP But now the International Olympic Committee says its president Thomas Bach has spoken to the 35-year-old in a half-hour video conference. IOC Athletes’ Commission chief Emma Terho also sat in on the call. She said: “I was relieved to see that Peng Shuai was doing fine, which was our main concern. “She appeared to be relaxed. I offered her our support and to stay in touch at any time of her convenience, which she obviously appreciated.” The IOC released a statement in which they said Peng claimed to be at home in Beijing but asked for her privacy to be respected. Bach reportedly invited her to meet him for dinner when he visits China in January, which she agreed to. Peng had disappeared from public for almost three weeks...
    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Sunday that organization leadership held a 30-minute call with Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai.  Peng, 35, wrote a post on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform, alleging sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of China's former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli. Peng claimed Zhang, 75, forced her to have sex despite repeated refusals following a round of tennis three years ago.  NEW CHINESE-MEDIA PENG SHUAI VIDEO ‘INSUFFICIENT,’ WTA MAINTAINS THREAT TO PULL TOURNAMENT The post was quickly deleted and Peng disappeared from social media and public view for two weeks. Tennis players and officials, led by Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) CEO Steve Simon, are demanding a full investigation into Peng’s claims as well as assurances of her safety and wellbeing.  IOC President Thomas Bach speaks with Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai via video call on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021.  (Courtesy the International Olympics Committe) Beijing released videos and pictures of Peng making limited public appearances over the past few days, culminating in a conversation Sunday between Peng, IOC President Thomas Bach, IOC Athletes’ Commission Chair Emma Terho, and...
    Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., warned the United States must not "turn a blind eye" to Chinese abuses after Tennis star Peng Shuai reportedly went missing shortly after alleging the former vice premier sexually assaulted her earlier this month.  NEW CHINESE-MEDIA PENG SHUAI VIDEO ‘INSUFFICIENT,’ WTA MAINTAINS THREAT TO PULL TOURNAMENT The Florida congressman discussed the athlete's reported disappearance on "Fox & Friends Weekend" Sunday and the letter he sent to the Chinese government demanding answers.  "Imagine if the number one tennis star, a major sports celebrity in the United States, leveled a sexual assault allegation, a very credible one, saying that a major political figure like the vice president had abused them for years and then that athlete just disappeared off the face of the Earth," Rep. Waltz posited.  "That's what's happened in China... Everything's been censored, and now she's gone, and so the letter that we sent to the ambassador said, stop with the censorship, give us verifiable proof of her health and safety, and this needs to be fully investigated," Rep. Waltz explained.  FILE - Peng Shuai...
    By Joe McDonald | Associated Press BEIJING — Missing Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai told Olympic officials in a video call from Beijing that she was safe and well, the International Olympic Committee said Sunday after Peng reappeared in public at a youth tournament in Beijing, according to photos released by the organizer. The 30-minute call came amid growing global alarm over Peng after she accused a former leading Communist Party official of sexual assault. China’s ruling Communist Party has tried to quell fears abroad while suppressing information in China about Peng. Sunday’s call — with IOC president Thomas Bach, athletes commission chair Emma Terho and IOC member Li Lingwei, a former vice president of the Chinese Tennis Association — appears to be Peng’s first direct contact with sports officials outside China since she disappeared from public view on Nov. 2. Peng “thanked the IOC for its concern about her well-being,” the Switzerland-based Olympic body said in a statement. “She explained that she is safe and well, living at her home in Beijing, but would...
    (CNN)International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach held a video phone call with three-time Olympian Peng Shuai, the Olympics governing body announced on Sunday. The two were accompanied on the video call by Chair of the Athletes' Commission Emma Terho and IOC Member in China Li Lingwei. CNN was not given access to the video."At the beginning of the 30-minute call, Peng Shuai thanked the IOC for its concern about her well-being," according to the IOC statement. "She explained that she is safe and well, living at her home in Beijing, but would like to have her privacy respected at this time. That is why she prefers to spend her time with friends and family right now. "Nevertheless, she will continue to be involved in tennis, the sport she loves so much."Read More"I was relieved to see that Peng Shuai was doing fine, which was our main concern," said Terho. "She appeared to be relaxed. I offered her our support and to stay in touch at any time of her convenience, which she obviously appreciated."According to the IOC, Peng accepted...
    BEIJING -- Missing tennis star Peng Shuai reappeared in public Sunday at a youth tournament in Beijing, according to photos released by the organizer, as the ruling Communist Party tried to quell fears abroad while suppressing information in China about Peng after she accused a senior leader of sexual assault.The post by the China Open on the Weibo social media service made no mention of Peng's disappearance or her accusation. The three-time Olympian and former Wimbledon champion was shown standing beside a court, waving and signing oversize commemorative tennis balls for children.SEE ALSO | Players demand answers after tennis star who accused former Chinese leader of sex assault goes quietThe ruling party appears to be trying to defuse alarm about Peng without acknowledging her disappearance after she on Nov. 2 accused Zhang Gaoli, a member of the party's ruling Standing Committee until 2018, of forcing her to have sex.Peng's disappearance and official silence in response to appeals for information prompted calls for a boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing in February, a prestige event for the Communist Party. The...
    Missing Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai reappeared Sunday at a public event as the world grew concerned about her disappearance after accusing a Chinese official of sexual assault. Peng made an appearance Sunday at a youth tournament in Beijing, according to footage posted by the China Open on Weibo. In the clip, Peng took pictures with players and signed tennis balls, making it appear as though everything is normal for the doubles tennis player. The post does not mention Peng's disappearance or her accusations of sexual assault. Some photos of Peng Shuai attending a tennis event for kids were posted by China Open weibo account this morning without mentioning her name, then the weibo disappeared. Photos were posted again this afternoon. Some weibo comments 'it's fine she's safe.' pic.twitter.com/CvgSjibIBD— China Sports Vision 2050 (@CSV2050) November 21, 2021 Many, however, are not convinced that Shuai has been freed. "While it is positive to see her, it remains unclear if she is free and able to make decisions and take actions on her own, without coercion or external interference....
    Chinese state-backed media continues to spread new "proof" that missing tennis champ Peng Shuai is safe and healthy, but officials say these seemingly staged videos and pictures are not good enough. Peng, 35, wrote a post on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform, alleging sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of China's former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli. Peng claimed Zhang, 75, forced her to have sex despite repeated refusals following a round of tennis three years ago.  The post was quickly deleted and Peng has since disappeared from social media and public view. Tennis players and officials, led by Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) CEO Steve Simon, are demanding a full investigation into Peng’s claims as well as assurances of her safety and wellbeing.  Two more videos overnight Saturday surfaced that showed Peng at the opening ceremony of a teenage tennis match in Beijing. Event organizers also posted photos of Peng on the event’s official WeChat page, Reuters reported.  PENG SHUAI: VIDEOS PURPOTRING TO SHOW MISSING CHINESE TENNIS STAR RAISE QUESTIONS But the WTA told Fox News that the new video – along with other...
    New video of tennis star Peng Shuai released by Chinese state media on Sunday has stoked skepticism about her well being. The footage, which was tweeted by the editor of state newspaper Global Times—even though Twitter is banned in China—shows Peng signing giant tennis balls held by children and waving to what may or may not be a crowd in front of her. Immediately, the spokesperson for the World Tennis Association, which Friday said it would boycott China if she is not heard from soon, called the footage “insufficient.” Steve Simon, the WTA chief, said they have tried unsuccessfully to reach her since she made stunning allegations of sexual harassment against the former vice president Zhang Gaoli Nov. 2. “While it is positive to see her, it remains unclear if she is free and able to make decisions and take actions on her own, without coercion or external interference,” Simon said. “This video alone is insufficient. As I have stated from the beginning, I remain concerned about Peng Shuai’s health and safety and that the allegation of sexual assault...
    TENNIS star Peng Shuai has been pictured at a juniors' tennis event in Beijing after she was recently reported missing amid sexual assault allegations. The 35-year-old recently vanished after she made an allegation of sexual assault against former senior Chinese vice premier Zhang Gaoli. 3Peng Shuai was pictured signing giant tennis balls for children participating in a juniors' event in BeijingCredit: Reuters 3The tennis star could be seen smiling as she interacted with the youngstersCredit: Reuters 3The pictures signal Shuai's first public appearance since her disappearance on 3 NovemberCredit: Reuters But she has since been pictured signing tennis balls at the opening ceremony of the Junior Tennis Challenger Finals in Beijing. The former doubles world no. 1 hadn't been seen since November 3 after releasing a post detailing the allegations on social media. And a prominent figure within the Chinese state media quickly claimed that Peng Shuai would 'show up soon', following public outcry about her disappearance. The Chinese state media then recently shared an email alleged to be from Shuai claiming that "everything is fine" and that she is...
    BEIJING (AP) — The editor of a Communist Party newspaper posted a video online that he said shows missing tennis star Peng Shuai watching a match Sunday, as the ruling party tried to quell fears abroad while suppressing information in China about Peng after she accused a senior leader of sexual assault. The video posted by Hu Xijin of the Global Times on Twitter, which cannot be seen by most internet users in China, shows Peng standing with five other people at what Hu said was a youth championship in Beijing. It followed Hu’s statement Saturday on Twitter that Peng would “show up in public” soon. The ruling party appears to be trying to defuse alarm about Peng without acknowledging her disappearance after the three-time Olympian accused Zhang Gaoli, a former member of the party’s ruling Standing Committee, of forcing her to have sex. Peng’s disappearance and the government’s silence in response to appeals for information prompted calls for a boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing in February, a prestige event for the Communist Party. The women’s professional tour...
    The apparent disappearance of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has attracted the attention of the United Nations, Serena Williams, members of the U.S. Congress, and other international, high-profile individuals. Peng, 35, seemingly had her social media censored by the Chinese government and had not been seen for weeks since she accused a former vice-premier of China of sexual assault. Celebrities and organizations that have typically been reluctant to speak out against human rights concerns in China have expressed their concerns over the case. "What we would say is that it would be important to have proof of her whereabouts and well-being, and we would urge that there be an investigation with full transparency into her allegations of sexual assault," a spokesperson for the U.N. Human Rights Office told reporters Friday, according to CNN . PENG SHUAI: WHO IS THE CHINESE TENNIS PLAYER AND HAS SHE GONE MISSING? Peng accused Zhang Gaoli, a former vice-premier of China, of forcing her to have sex with him. She made the accusation in a Nov. 2 post on Chinese...
    Wimbledon bosses last night joined calls for proof of the safety of a Chinese tennis star who has been missing since she accused a senior Communist Party leader of sexual abuse. Amid a growing international outcry over the disappearance of Peng Shuai, Chinese state-run media attempted to quell concerns by releasing videos that it claims shows Peng safe and well. But experts cast doubt on the authenticity of the videos and said they did little to reassure those worried about the welfare of the 35-year-old Peng. BIZARRE: A picture of Peng Shuai on Twitter said to have been supplied by a ‘friend’ The All England Tennis Club said it had been working ‘behind the scenes’ to establish Peng’s safety. She has not been seen since accusing Zhang Gaoli, a former member of the party’s ruling inner circle, earlier this month. The videos, shared by the editor of Global Times – an English-language newspaper published by the Communist Party – profess to show Peng ‘having dinner with her coach and friends in a restaurant’. The editor of Global Times, Hu Xijin, claimed...
    Thus, even if it is unexpectedly true that the Chinese government was not involved in Shuai's disappearance, it is simply not credible to claim that they are not even aware of the controversy at all. And yet, that is exactly the position the communist government continues to take. In open defiance of the world, a spokesperson for the Chinese government has claimed that they are "not aware" of the worldwide controversy surrounding Shuai at all. Simon paints a stark contrast to the NBA, which chided former Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey for an innocuous tweet in support of freedom for Hong Kong. Many would-be socially conscious NBA players including LeBron James were reportedly incensed at Morey for potentially disrupting a pre-season game in China and their lucrative Chinese endorsement deals with his remarks. Meanwhile, Simon says that his league will not be bullied by the financial power wielded by the Chinese government. "We're definitely willing to pull our business and deal with all the complications that come with it. Because this is certainly, this is bigger...
    The network added that Simon told CNN on Thursday that the WTA is "definitely willing to pull our business" out of China if its officials don't account for Peng's whereabouts and investigate her allegation of a sexual assault. "This is bigger than the business," Simon added to CNN, according to CBS News. "Women need to be respected and not censored." More from CBS News: The WTA, in a deal reached with China several years ago, agreed to hold the WTA Finals in the country from 2019 through 2028. Simon said in 2018 that China had promised to invest about $1 billion in women's tennis, including for the construction of an all-new stadium, as part of the agreement. In his interview with CNN, Simon acknowledged the magnitude of his threat to walk away from that agreement, and said the WTA was prepared to "deal with all the complications that come with it." Fears grow for missing Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai youtu.be
    Hong Kong (CNN)New video of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai released on Saturday is insufficient to allay concerns about her health and safety, the head of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) said.Peng, who is one of China's most recognizable sports stars, had accused former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of coercing her into sex at his home, according to screenshots of a since-deleted social media post dated November 2. But there has been no verifiable direct communication with Peng since that time.Simon on Saturday expressed relief at seeing Peng, but he said, "it remains unclear if she is free and able to make decisions and take actions on her own, without coercion or external interference."CNN has been unable to independently verify the videos or confirm when they were filmed."This video alone is insufficient. As I have stated from the beginning, I remain concerned about Peng Shuai's health and safety and that the allegation of sexual assault is being censored and swept under the rug. I have been clear about what needs to happen and our relationship with China is at a...
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