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    CNN host Jake Tapper slammed Hollywood, Silicon Valley and the NBA for being 'blinded' by Chinese cash while ignoring the Communist regime's human rights abuses.  Tapper criticized the American industries for their indifference amid ongoing fears over the safety of Chinese tennis champion Peng Shuai, who has been silenced after accusing former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault. He also slammed the IOC for moving forward with holding the Winter Games next year in Beijing. 'The millionaires and billionaires of Hollywood and the NBA and the IOC and Wall Street are all so eager for Chinese cash, they’re pretending none of this is happening,' Tapper said on his show State of the Union on Sunday. 'There is no amount of money that can buy enough soap to wash that blood off their hands.'    Amid the Women's Tennis Association's decision to pull future events in China over concern for tennis star Peng Shuai, @jaketapper examines China's alleged history of human rights abuses and questions if other organizations will put ethics over profit. #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/wOgsdM590w— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) December...
    (CNN)The governing body of tennis, the International Tennis Foundation (ITF), has not suspended tournaments in China because it "does not want to punish a billion people," its president said Sunday. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) announced an immediate suspension of all tournaments in China, including Hong Kong, in response to Beijing's silencing of Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai's sexual assault allegations. The ITF -- which organizes grand slam events, annual team competitions for men, women and mixed teams and sanctions major tournaments -- has been facing calls to do the same. 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. Peng Shuai during the 2019 China Open in Beijing.David Haggerty, president of the ITF told BBC Sport that the governing body "stand[s] in support of all women's rights," adding that the ITF "continue...
    On Sunday, CNN “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper sounded off on Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, whose safety and welfare have been in question since accusing Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of raping her in 2019. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has defended China, claiming that she appeared “safe … given the difficult situation.” According to Tapper, “the IOC is behaving like a mob lawyer” by “helping the Chinese government.” “Not only is the International Olympic Committee, which will hold the 2022 Winter Games in China, not only is the IOC not raising its voice in solidarity and protest, the IOC is helping the Chinese government by providing them cover on November 21 and then again last Wednesday,” Tapper outlined. “The IOC told the world that they had held video calls with Peng Shuai; for neither call did the IOC release the video or even a transcript. The IOC has not mentioned her allegations of sexual assault, nor would the IOC explain who set up these calls. The IOC is behaving like a mob lawyer.” Tapper pointed out that...
              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...
    Hong Kong (CNN)The women's professional tennis tour just called it quits on China. But within China, there is no news about the decision, no public discussion as to why, nor any response from Chinese tennis fans.In contrast to the blanket silence at home, China's government controlled-media lashed out at the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) on Twitter -- a platform blocked in China -- accusing the organization of "putting on an exaggerated show," and "supporting the West's attack on Chinese system."The two seemingly contradictory approaches reflect the extreme sensitivity attached to the WTA's decision inside of China -- and the explosive #MeToo allegation that sparked it. When Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai publicly accused former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault on social media on November 2, the immediate response from authorities was to muffle her and censor even the vaguest allusion to the allegation. But while that might have worked domestically, it served only to inflame reaction overseas. Peng Shuai plays at the 2020 Australian Open on January 21, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.Read MorePeng's prolonged disappearance from public view...
    Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., slammed the NBA and the Olympic officials for not standing up to China regarding the CCP's censorship of tennis star Peng Shuai. Gallagher praised the Women’s Tennis Association for responding to Peng Shuai's treatment by pulling tournaments from China. PENG SHUAI DISAPPEARANCE: CHINA CAUGHT CENSORING NETWORK'S LIVE FEED WHILE DISCUSSING MISSING TENNIS STAR MIKE GALLAGHER: I do think the courage on display by the Women’s Tennis Association should inspire a lot of other athletes to speak out or at a minimum, it stands in stark contrast to the cowardice on display by other organizations such as the NBA, which is stunning because the WTA has far more at stake in China financially.  … Or just look at the cowardice on display by the International Olympic Committee which has been parroting CCP propaganda and in so doing, it's complicit in the censorship of Peng Shuai, as well as in demoting effectively her allegations of sexual misconduct. So, shame on all these cowards.  WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW BELOW Video This article was written by Fox News staff.
    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...
    (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?...
    (CNN)The International Olympic Committee (IOC) held a second call with Peng Shuai on Wednesday and said that the Chinese tennis star "reconfirmed" that she was safe and well given the "difficult situation" she is in, the sporting organization said on Thursday.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, prompting the women's tennis world to demand answers as to her whereabouts -- as well as a full investigation into her allegations against Zhang.Amid growing global outcry, individuals working for Chinese government-controlled media and the state sports system released a number of "proof of life" photos and videos of Peng. Peng Shuai: Human Rights Watch accuses IOC of sportswashing in case of Chinese tennis starOn November 21, the IOC said in a statement that its president, Thomas Bach, held a 30-minute video call with...
    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...
    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) “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...
    (CNN)Long-time International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Dick Pound has said that he is "puzzled" by the reaction to a video call between three-time Olympian Peng Shuai and IOC president Thomas Bach.The video call comes after Peng, one of China's most recognizable sports stars, 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. The IOC has not made the video publicly available and did not explain how the call was organized. It instead released an image of the call and a statement saying Peng is "safe and well, living at her home in Beijing, but would like to have her privacy respected at this time." Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai held a video call with IOC President Thomas Bach and told him she was safe and well according to an IOC statement posted on November 21.Earlier this week, Human Rights Watch...
    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...
    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...
    Russian President Vladimir Putin accepted an invitation to attend the 2022 Beijing Olympics as Chinese officials face the risk of an international boycott, heightened by the fallout from the disappearance of a tennis star who accused a senior Chinese Communist official of sexual assault. “It has been a long-running fine tradition for the Chinese and Russian sides to work in concert to accomplish great things,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said. “President Putin has accepted the invitation with joy. The two sides are in close communication regarding the specific arrangement for President Putin's trip to China.” Human rights activists and many Western lawmakers have supported a boycott of the Olympics due to China’s atrocities against the Uyghur Muslims, a campaign of repression that the United States has deemed a “genocide.” That distaste for the Beijing games was compounded by Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai’s Nov. 2 statement that a retired member of the Chinese Communist Party Politburo had sexually assaulted her — a claim that was censored, as her social media accounts went dormant prior to a monitored video...
    (CNN)Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of sportswashing serious human rights violations in the case of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai.During a virtual press conference Tuesday, HRW China Director Sophie Richardson denounced the IOC's role in collaborating with Chinese authorities on Peng Shuai's reappearance."In 2008 we were hopeful that they [the IOC] would show some spine and oblige Chinese authorities to live up to some basic promises," said Richardson, referring to when China first staged the Olympic Games."I almost think fondly back to those days because, if nothing else, the IOC has shown in the last few days just how desperate it is to keep a Games on the rails no matter the human cost," added Richardson, referring to next year's Beijing Winter Olympics. Beijing is the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Games.On Sunday, the IOC said in a statement that its president, Thomas Bach, had a 30-minute video call with three-time Olympian Peng Shuai, joined by a Chinese sports official and an IOC official.Read MoreThe statement said that, during the...
    Missing Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai appeared in mysterious photos this weekend that included an image of Winnie the Pooh, who has become a symbol of resistance against communist dictator Xi Jinping, Australia’s ABC News reported on Wednesday. The photos surfaced online through a Chinese state propagandist on Twitter, a social media outlet the regime bans most Chinese citizens from using. Shen Shiwei claimed that Peng had posted the images, all of them showing Peng surrounded by stuffed animals, on her WeChat account. WeChat is a Chinese regime-controlled communication app. The alleged WeChat photos, along with undated videos from the state propaganda outlet Global Times and a bizarre, partially blurred photo of an alleged video conversation with Peng from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), are the only existing evidence at press time that Peng is alive and safe. Peng, a Wimbledon and French Open doubles champion, disappeared this month after posting an explosive update to Weibo, China’s regime-controlled alternative to Facebook, in which she accused former Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of raping her. The post disappeared from Weibo almost immediately,...
    China’s foreign ministry said the discourse surrounding tennis star Peng Shuai has been “maliciously hyped up” in its most direct acknowledgment of the controversy to date, BBC News reported. Shuai disappeared from public life after making sexual assault accusations against a former Chinese official. She reappeared almost three weeks later and claimed her safety was not at risk, but concern has remained, BBC News reported. “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 Tuesday, BBC News reported. He noted the issue was “not a diplomatic matter.” “I think some people should stop deliberately and maliciously hyping [the issue] up, let alone politicise this issue,” he added. (RELATED: China’s Missile Technology Outpaces Rivals, Baffles Pentagon) Peng’s name has been censored in Chinese media since her allegations surfaced, but internationally, the hashtag #WhereIsPengShuai has surged, The Guardian reported. Fellow celebrity tennis players, including Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, have voiced their concern over Peng. Peng Shuai of China serves...
    OLYMPICS boss Thomas Bach has been slammed after a photo has emerged of him with the man accused of sexual assault by Peng Shuai. An image of German Bach, 67, and China’s former vice-president Zhang Gaoli, 75, shaking hands has circulated on social media. 3Olympics boss Thomas Bach, left, has been slammed after a photo emerged of him with Zhang Gaoli, right - the man accused of sexual assault by Peng Shaui 3The IOC spoke with Peng Shuai over video call at the weekend and claimed she was 'safe and well'Credit: Reuters 3A number of governing bodies, players and pundits have expressed fears over the safety and whereabouts of Peng ShuaiCredit: AP A caption with the photo – published initially by state-run news agency Xinhua – claims it was taken in Beijing in 2016 as they discussed plans for the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games. IOC president Bach is one of a handful of westerners to speak with Peng, 35, since she made serious allegations against Zhang in a now-deleted post on social media platform Weibo. They spoke in a 30-minute...
    Hong Kong (CNN)China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday it hoped "malicious speculation" about tennis star Peng Shuai's well-being and whereabouts would stop, and that her case should not be politicized.Zhao Lijian, spokesperson for China's foreign ministry, repeated previous comments made to reporters, saying Peng's situation "was not a diplomatic issue.""I believe everyone has also seen her attend some public events recently as well as the video call with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President (Thomas) Bach," Zhao said. Peng, a two-time Grand Slam doubles champion and one of China's top tennis players, publicly accused top retired Communist Party official Zhang Gaoli of coercing her into sex at his home, according to screenshots of a since-deleted social media post dated November 2.Her disappearance from public life for more than two weeks following the accusation prompted an outpouring of international concern, with the Women's Tennis Association and the United Nations calling for an investigation into her allegations of sexual assault.Read MoreWTA chief Steve Simon threatened to pull out of China unless Peng was accounted for and her allegations investigated. On...
    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...
    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...
    CNN called out China for censoring its live broadcast covering tennis star Peng Shuai’s sexual assault allegations and uncertainty over her safety. After Taiwan-based correspondent Will Ripley reported on CNN’s “New Day” about the latest developments surrounding Peng on Monday, correspondent John Berman shifted the segment’s focus to the Chinese feed of the broadcast itself. “Underneath your face, [viewers] can see a box which is the actual live feed of this broadcast in China. But it’s all color bars,” Berman told Ripley. “And it went to color bars the minute you started talking. So what’s going on here?” Ripley explained that the colored bars were a result of Chinese censors, who cut the broadcast the moment the network started discussing Peng. “I have lost count over the last eight years here in Asia covering China of how many times CNN’s coverage of controversial issues has been censored,” Ripley said. (RELATED: ‘Please Sir, May I Have Another Meeting?’: Biden Needs To Stop Pursuing China After Summit Produces Little Results, Experts Say) “They scrubbed Peng Shuai from the internet,” he added. “They’re certainly...
    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...
    Out of public view for almost three weeks, Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai has appeared in a video call with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. The IOC and the Chinese government would like this to be the end of the Peng saga, which has run since Nov. 2 when she accused former vice premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault. That may be wishful thinking on their part. The interview offered few details, no follow-ups on her allegations, and invited more questions for the IOC, Peng, and China. It seems unlikely to satisfy Steve Simon, the chairman and CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association, who has been blunt in criticizing China and has threatened to pull all top-tier WTA events from the country. Even after the IOC video was published Sunday, the WTA repeated what Simon has been saying for more than a week, calling for a full, fair, and transparent investigation “without censorship.” According to the IOC, Peng held a 30-minute call with Bach, and he recounted in a statement that she is “safe and well, living at her...
    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...
    Boston Celtics player Enes Kanter has called for the International Olympics Committee (IOC) to move the Olympics out of China for “the sake” of missing Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai. Kanter published an op-ed at the Wall Street Journal Sunday saying, “All the gold medals in the world aren’t worth selling your morals.” Kanter also posted a tweet demanding that the world “It’s time for us to WAKE UP and SPEAK UP!” Move the Olympics for Peng Shuai’s Sake!!! Its time for us to WAKE UP and SPEAK UP!! All the gold medals in the WORLD aren’t worth selling your morals, values and your principles.#WhereIsPengShuai#NoBeijing2022 Read my latest on @WSJ https://t.co/3lXoDh2KNg — Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) November 21, 2021 In his op-ed, Kanter said that western athletes should use their platforms to “lend a voice to those being silenced.” And the international community of athletes, Kanter insists, should use that power to force China to definitively say that Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai is safe from retaliation from the communist regime after she accused a high government official of raping...
    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...
    (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...
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai has taken part in a 30-minute video call from Beijing with IOC officials and told them she was safe and well, the Olympic body said on Sunday. The call came amid growing global alarm over Peng. Her appearance at a youth tennis event Sunday in Beijing and social media posts on her behalf did not fully convince people outside China that she has freedom to act, after she alleged a sexual assault against a former leading Communist Party official. The 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 like to have her privacy respected at this...
    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...
    Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzRisch dismayed with fellow GOP senators' blockade on Biden diplomatic picks Sunday shows preview: Boosters open to all US adults; House Dems pass spending plan on to Senate Campaign opposing US consulate in Jerusalem boosted by network for fake accounts: reports MORE (R-Texas) said on Sunday that he hoped U.S. athletes “go over there and kick their commie asses” at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. “I also think it's important we do two things at the Olympics in China: Number one, that we actually show the courage the Women's Tennis Association is showing to call out the murder, the genocide, the torture, the lies, the complicity in COVID-19 of the Chinese Communist government, to speak the truth,” Cruz said during “Face the Nation” on CBS. “And then number two, I really hope our young men and women - that they go over there and kick their commie asses - we need to win in the Olympics,” Cruz said. Cruz explained that while he believed that it would be a “mistake” to have a full boycott of...
    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...
    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...
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