tirsdag 23. november 2021

China's foreign ministry says Peng Shuai case should not be politicized

China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday the government hoped "malicious speculation" about tennis star Peng Shuai's well-being and whereabouts would stop, and that her case should not be politicized. Zhao Lijian, spokesperson for China's foreign ministry, declined to comment on whether the Chinese government will launch an investigation into Peng's sexual assault allegations against former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli. He repeated previous comments made to reporters, saying Peng's situation "was not a diplomatic issue."

"I believe everyone has also seen her attend some public events recently as well as the video call with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President (Thomas) Bach," Zhao said. When asked by a reporter whether the Peng case would negatively affect China's image, Zhao said: "I think some people should stop the malicious hype and not politicize this issue."