官方媒体否认后对中国网球明星彭帅的担忧

‘Everything is fine’: Chinese state media publishes email ‘from tennis star Peng Shuaidenying she is missing and saying sex abuse claims against vice-premier are false as WTA chief says it is ‘hard to believeshe wrote it

  • Peng Shuai, 35, accused 75-year-old Zhang Gaoli of sex assault on November 2
  • Has not been seen since, with tennis authorities saying they are worried for her
  • Chinese state media has now published an email purporting to be from her which says: ‘I’m just resting at home and everything is fine
  • WTA head said he has a ‘hard timebelieving she wrote it, and it ‘only raises my concerns as to her safety and whereabouts
  • Fears are mounting for the safety of Chinese tennis ace Peng Shaui who has not been seen since accusing the country’s former vice premier of rape.

    It comes after Chinese state media published an English-language email they claimed was written by Peng which said: ‘I’m not missing, nor am I unsafe. I’ve just been resting at home and everything is fine.

    Steve Simon, the head of the Women’s Tennis Association, said he has a ‘hard time believingthat Peng wrote the email herself and it ‘only raises my concerns as to her safety and whereabouts.

    Simon said that nobody from the WTA has been in direct contact with Peng since she accused 75-year-old Communist party official Zhang Gaoli of coercing her into sex on Chinese social media two weeks ago.

    Peng Shuai

    Peng Shuai

    Peng Shuai, 35, a Chinese tennis star, has not been seen since November 2 when she posted on social media accusing a senior Communist official of sexual abuse

    Fears grew for her safety Wednesday as Chinese state media published what they claimed was an email written by her saying 'I've just been resting at home and everything is fine'

    Fears grew for her safety Wednesday as Chinese state media published what they claimed was an email written by her saying ‘I’ve just been resting at home and everything is fine

    ‘The statement released today by Chinese state media concerning Peng Shuai only raises my concerns as to her safety and whereabouts,’ 他说.

    ‘I have a hard time believing that Peng Shuai actually wrote the email we received or believes what is being attributed to her.

    The email published by CTGN says: ‘Hello everyone this is Peng Shuai,

    ‘Regarding the recent news released on the official website of the WTA, the content has not been confirmed or verified by myself and it was released without my consent.

    Peng claimed to have been involved in a ten-year affair with Zhang Gaoli (图为), saying he sexually assaulted her in 2018

    Peng claimed to have been involved in a ten-year affair with Zhang Gaoli (图为), saying he sexually assaulted her in 2018

    ‘The news in that release, including the allegation of sexual assault, is not true. I’m not missing, nor am I unsafe. I’ve just been resting at home and everything is fine.

    ‘Thank you again for caring about me.

    ‘If the WTA publishes any more news about me, please verify it with me, and release it with my consent. As a professional tennis player, I think you all for your companionship and consideration.

    ‘I hope to promote Chinese tennis with you all if I have the chance in the future. I hope Chinese tennis will become better and better.

    '再来一次, thank you for your consideration.

    Social media users were quick to point out oddities with the email, including that Peng opens ‘hello everyoneeven though it was allegedly a private correspondence addressed to Simon.

    They also pointed out that a typing cursor appears in the middle of one of the sentences, suggesting the ’emailis actually a screenshot taken directly from a document that is open in a word processor.

    Advocacy group Chinese Human Rights Defenders added that the email ‘should not be taken at face value’, and that the Chinese state has a history of arbitrarily detaining people who implicate the government or its officials in wrongdoing.

    Fellow tennis players have been leading appeals for news of Peng’s safety, with Japanese ace Naomi Osaka saying she is ‘shockedby her sudden disappearance.

    Peng first made headlines on November 2 when she uploaded a lengthy post to her personal Weibo accountChina’s version of Facebookaccusing Zhang of coercing her into sex during a years-long affair.

    在文中, Peng revealed that she and Zhang – 谁结婚了 – were involved in an on-off affair dating back to 2011 when the pair met in the port city of Tianjin, where Zhang was premier at the time.

    The post details how Peng slept with Zhang once that year, and possibly a second time before he was promoted to the country’s powerful political bureau and cut all ties with her.

    But he allegedly rekindled the affair in 2018 after his retirement from politics, inviting Peng for dinner with his wife after which he pressured her into sex.

    Peng made the allegation in a lengthy social media post on Weibo which was quickly deleted before her account was heavily censored

    Peng made the allegation in a lengthy social media post on Weibo which was quickly deleted before her account was heavily censored

    Peng is a household name in China after becoming the first Chinese woman to rank No.1 in doubles, and is currently ranked 14th

    Peng is a household name in China after becoming the first Chinese woman to rank No.1 in doubles, and is currently ranked 14th

    Peng recalls ‘cryingand refusing Zhang’s advances, before eventually relenting.

    That kicked off a three-year affair, Peng alleged, which she described as ‘unpleasant’.

    在文中, she admits to having ‘no evidencethat the affair ever took place because Zhang insisted on keeping it a total secret.

    Her post concluded: ‘You’ve said you are not afraid.

    ‘But even as an egg hurled at a rock, a moth to a flame for self-destruction, I will speak the truth with you.

    It is not clear why she choose to reveal the affair now.

    Zhang was a vice-premier in Beijing and served on the ruling party’s powerful seven-member standing committee of the political bureau.

    Peng is a household name in China, having become the first Chinese player to be ranked No.1 in doubles by the Women’s Tennis Association in 2014.

    She is currently ranked 14th in global standings.

    Her post was taken down within 20 minutes of being uploaded to Weibo, which is heavily monitored by the Chinese state.

    For a time Peng’s profile appeared to be disabled, and was not showing up in searches on the site.

    The profile later reappeared, but the offending post had been removed and comments on all of Peng’s other posts disabled.

    Weibo users were also banned from posting anything about Peng or Zhang, even if the post did not mention the alleged affair, and searches for terms like ‘tenniswere disabled for a time on Chinese websites.

    中国外交部否认了解此事,张也未回应置评请求.

    吕品, 中国女权活动家, 帖子曝光后不久就发了推文: '他们 [中共] 一直很烂很颓废.

    他们一直在剥削女性, 但这只是在黑色窗帘后面完成的.

    “她的启示非常重要, 因为它让人们一窥中国最高领导人的真实生活, 他们过度滥用权力, 腐败和他们在被权力包裹的道德外表背后的恐惧。’

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