Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai accuses former vice premier of sexual assault – Peng Shuai


World Desk, Amar Ujala

Published by: Prashant Kumar Jha
Updated Fri, Nov 5, 2021 12:34 PM IST

Summary

There has been quite a stir in China over the tennis player accusation. As the controversy escalated, the player deleted his comment from social media. Then things got cold. Shuai, however, said there were consensual relations with the former prime minister on several occasions.

Peng Shuai, tennis player
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The famous Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai has caused an earthquake throughout the country by sharing a post on social media. Shuai, who won the title of world’s No. 1 tennis doubles player, accused a former Chinese vice premier of having sex. Although the player deleted his post within half an hour, many people re-posted the post, which quickly went viral.

According to the English News Agency, Peng Shuai said that former Politburo Standing Committee member Zhang Gaoli sexually assaulted her. However, he also said that the two later had a consensual relationship. After this revelation, Peng’s name was quickly searched on the internet. The Politburo is China’s main decision-making body. At the same time, Peng Shuai called the accusations against him unfounded.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs refused to answer

At the same time, Peng said in the post that he could not provide any evidence to back up his allegations. In this case, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have also not responded in this regard. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs clarified that this matter is not related to him. Before the start of the #MeToo movement in 2018, cases of sexual harassment were declining in China, but now cases are gradually increasing.


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