torsdag 25. november 2021

Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has finally appeared in public. But here's why the worries aren't going away

Almost as abruptly as she had vanished, Chinese tennis star Peng Shuaireappeared in public view over the weekend. Since Friday evening, a steady stream of photos and videos purporting to show a smiling Peng going about her life in Beijing have surfaced on Twitter -- all posted by individuals working for Chinese government-controlled media and the state sport system, on a platform blocked in China.

The apparent propaganda push was followed Sunday by a video call between Peng and International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach, during which the three-time Olympian insisted she is "safe and well, living at her home in Beijing" and "would like to have her privacy respected," according to a statement from the IOC.