Chinese Foreign Ministry continues to say it has no idea what happened to the tennis star Peng shuai … who suddenly disappeared over 2 weeks ago after accusing a powerful Chinese official of sexual assault.
Zhao Lijian, spokesperson for the ministry, was asked about Shuai’s disappearance, telling the media … that the situation is “not a diplomatic matter and I am not aware of the situation.”
FYI, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs takes care of everything relating to the country’s foreign policy. The foreign minister is generally one of the most powerful posts in China.
Peng accused the former deputy prime minister Zhang gaoli, who is 70, for sexually assaulting her 3 years ago at her home in China.
Just minutes after going public with the allegation, the social media post was removed. Peng hasn’t heard from since.
There has been widespread concern for Peng’s safety… and some of the world’s biggest tennis stars have spoken out.
Serena williams recently wrote … “I am devastated and shocked to hear the news from my peer, Peng Shuai. Hope she is safe and found as soon as possible. This needs to be investigated. and we must not remain silent. Send him and his family during this incredibly difficult time. #whereispengshuai “
Current stars Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic also expressed his fear for his well-being … just like the legendary player Billie Jean King.
To make the story even more bizarre, Chinese state media released a statement, SENSITIVELY written by Peng, in which the Wimbledon doubles champion retracted her previous statements about the sexual assault, adding: “I don’t miss it. , and I’m not in danger either. “
In the statement, Peng also claims… “I just had a rest at home and everything is fine.”
In the end, hardly anyone believes that Peng wrote the statement.
To their credit, the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) has doubled since the release of the suspicious statement, calling for independent proof that the tennis player, one of the nation’s biggest athletics stars, is doing well.
“The statement released today by Chinese state media regarding Peng Shuai only raises my concerns for his safety and fate,” said Steve Simon, president and CEO of the WTA.
He continued … “I find it hard to believe that Peng Shuai actually wrote the email we received or believes what is attributed to him.”
Even the United Nations Human Rights Office has called for a transparent investigation into Peng’s disappearance.
“It would be important to have evidence of her whereabouts and her well-being and we urge that a transparent investigation be opened into her allegations of sexual assault,” a spokesperson said. UN word to journalists in Switzerland.