China demands an end to the “explosion” of the Peng Shuai case

BEIJING (AFP) – China called on Tuesday for an end to the “blowing up” of the Peng Shuai case, in an extraordinary official response to the player’s accusations of a former high-ranking official in the regime.

Chinese tennis champion Peng Shuai, who won the Roland Garros doubles title in 2014, accused former Vice Premier Zhang Qaoli in early November of forcing her into a sexual relationship three years ago.

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So far, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has been questioned almost daily, and has generally refused to comment on the issue, saying it does not fall within the diplomatic sphere.

In response to a question Tuesday during a press conference, spokesman Zhao Lijian responded to the controversy that has targeted his country since the beginning of the month.

“I think some should intentionally stop blaming this issue for hostile ends and especially to make it a political issue,” he said.

Mister Zhao did not specify exactly who he was targeting with his words.

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In addition to many world tennis stars, from Chris Evert to Novak Djokovic, many Western countries, including France, the United States and the United Kingdom, have asked Beijing to shed light on the fate of Peng Shuai, whose fate has gone without news. for several weeks.

The champion finally appeared on Sunday during a video conference with the president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, to make sure she was fine.

The WTA, the body that oversees the women’s professional circuit, has threatened to quit China if President Xi Jinping’s regime does not shed light on the players’ accusations.

The issue remains a taboo in China in the media and social networks. The MeToo campaign against sexual harassment is still in its infancy in China and has not yet reached the officials of the Communist power.

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