Peng Shuai, a missing Chinese tennis player, is expected to make a public appearance’soon,’ according to state media.
Peng vanished earlier this month after accusing Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaol of forcing her to have sex at his house in a social media post.
Peng Shuai, the missing Chinese tennis player, is expected to make a public appearance “soon,” according to Chinese state media, as global concern about his whereabouts grows.
“In the past few days, she stayed in her own home freely and she didn’t want to be disturbed,” said Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the official newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party, on Twitter on Saturday.
She’ll appear in public and take part in some activities in the near future.”
It comes after photos of the Wimbledon doubles champion relaxing at home with her cat went viral on Friday, with the caption “Happy weekend.”
Experts have questioned the images’ authenticity, pointing out that they include a framed picture of Winnie the Pooh, a character who was banned in China after people compared him to President Xi Jinping.
Peng vanished earlier this month after writing a Facebook post accusing Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaol of forcing her to have sex at his home after the two played tennis.
It’s the first time a claim like this has been leveled at one of China’s top politicians.
Her original Weibo message from November 2 has since been removed.
The allegation has elicited no response from Chinese government officials.
President of the United States, Joe Biden, has expressed his “deep concern” over the Chinese tennis player.
Last night, the White House issued a statement demanding that Chinese authorities “provid[e]independent and verifiable proof of her whereabouts and safety.”
“We know the PRC (People’s Republic of China) has a history of silencing those who speak out, and we continue to condemn those practices,” Mr. Biden said.
Leading tennis figures have expressed their concerns about the star, threatening to withdraw from official events until she is proven safe.
It’s a “very concerning situation,” according to the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), and the “immediate priority is to establish that Peng Shuai is safe and well.”
Peng must be “able to speak freely and without being subjected to any form of censorship,” according to the LTA.
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News summary from Infosurhoy in the United Kingdom.
Peng Shuai, a missing Chinese tennis player, is expected to return to the public eye’soon,’ according to state media.
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