The recent appearance of the Chinese tennis player, Peng Shuai, denying having reported sexual abuse aroused many suspicions, including those of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).
“We remain steadfast in our call for a full, fair and transparent investigation, without censorship, into her allegation of sexual assault, which is the issue that gave rise to our initial concern,” the WTA communicates, according to Reuters of Dec. 19.
It adds, “As we have consistently stated, these appearances do not alleviate or address the WTA’s significant concerns about her well-being and ability to communicate without censorship or coercion.”
The WTA has been a staunch supporter of the international champion since she went missing on Nov. 2 after alleging that she had been raped by former vice-premier, Zhang Gaoli, a member of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
Likewise, famous tennis voices such as Serena Williams, Novac Djokovic and Andy Murray publicly called for the appearance alive of the Chinese tennis player and the World Tennis Association (WTA), threatened the communist regime with withdrawing tennis tournaments in China if Peng Shuai did not appear alive.
To ‘dispel’ the worldwide condemnation and the possibility of losing a lucrative business like tennis tournaments, the CCP used its propaganda means to show that Peng was alive, well and happy.
Shortly after her denunciation and subsequent disappearance, the Chinese Communist regime published through its propaganda media alleged photos showing her ‘happy’ at home, but media analysts immediately noticed a mistake that cast serious doubts on the veracity of the photos.
These were not convincing, to the extent that in Shuai’s last appearance, on December 19, the tennis player appears denying that she had been raped, and expressing that her publications had been misinterpreted.
In her exclusive statements in a video published by Lianhe Zaobao, a Singapore media outlet, Shuai stated:
“First, I need to stress one point that is extremely important, I have never said or written that anyone has sexually assaulted me, I have to clearly stress this point.”
It should be noted that initially “Her account was rich in detail and specificity, as she accused Zhang Gaoli, a former vice premier in the Chinese Communist Party, of carrying on a years-long affair with her, before forcing her into nonconsensual sex,” Sports Illustrated says.
It adds, “Her account was also rich in length—more than 1,600 words—and in literary flourish, as she compared the power imbalance to ‘hitting a rock with an egg, or being a moth that flies towards the flame.’”
For his part, social commentator Pru Maxwin said he believed Shuai was “forced to change her story” because China would “stop at nothing” to create publicity.
Likewise, netizen @TuCaoFakeNews commented on her appreciation of the video in which Shuai debunks her accusatory post last month.
“Peng Shuai: I want to emphasize one point clearly. I have never said or written that anyone sexually assaulted me,” she writes.
He adds, “Wearing only smoky makeup to cover the huge dark circles under her eyes, poor Peng Shuai was tricked into bed doing ideological work, and then lying in front of the world doing ideological work.”
Also, “All the words are meaningless, just look at her haggard appearance and super high hairline to understand how much torture and pressure she has received.”