According to American experts, a well-known female tennis professional in China filed sexual assault accusations against a former member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China. This is the latest sign of increasing tensions among Beijing’s top leaders. China And the ruling Communist Party of China.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday that the United States needs conclusive evidence that Peng ShuaiThe once-ranked tennis player who disappeared after the charges were filed is safe.
Multiple sclerosis. Peng It disappeared shortly after the allegations were made on social media earlier this month. she The dilemma inspired the top figures of the sport to demand explanations.Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) President Steve Simon threatens to cancel all official matches China Until the lady PengThe case is resolved.
ChinaOn Friday, the Communist government tried to quell the controversy by posting photos of three women. Peng On social media accounts under the heading “Happy Weekend”. The supporter of the Grand Slam tennis champion expressed doubts about the photos.
Informed American sources say that this rapidly developing scandal is not feminist. #Me too Campaign against sexual assault, but reflects power politics under the leadership of an increasingly powerful president Xi Jinping.
A senior US official said that the differences between Chinese leaders have become more pronounced in recent months.
However, in China Without the approval of the highest authority, no content may be published, especially content about senior members of the Chinese Communist Party.In the case of a lady PengThere are signs that the political motivation behind Mr. Zhang’s disclosure of information is based on his relationship with the current Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
It is said that Li Keqiang refuted the Chinese leader’s proposal on poverty eradication, thus angering President Xi. China. A few months ago, sir. Xi Announcing the eradication of poverty across the country, Mr. Li delivered a speech, announcing that 600 million people have been lifted out of poverty in the country ChinaThe monthly income of 1.4 billion people is still equivalent to $5.
gentlemen. XiThose who have surpassed the traditional two five-year terms of the former CCP leaders and continue to be in power are also worried that Mr. Li will be in some circles. China Become more popular than the president.
“This may be Xi Jinping’s way of warning those critics,” said a person familiar with Chinese politics.
In contrast, the revival of feminism is unlikely to be the motivation for the case to gain attention.
“exist China, Everything is politics-one faction opposes another faction,” the person said.
Earlier this month, Ms. Peng posted on social media details of her extramarital affairs with the former deputy prime minister and one of the most powerful people in China, which caused controversy. China. posted on ChinaThe Weibo social media network like Twitter explained in detail how Ms. Peng had sex with the married Mr. Zhang about three years ago.
“After playing in the morning, you and your wife Kang Jie took me to your house.” She said. “Then you brought me into your room, just like when I was in Tianjin more than ten years ago, you wanted to have sex with me. I was very scared that afternoon. I didn’t expect it to be like this.” For seven years, Ms. Peng said that she had a “one-off relationship” with Mr. Zhang, and Mr. Zhang never contacted her after being promoted. ChinaThe highest management body.
Soon after its publication on November 2, Chinese censors immediately deleted the post and closed Ms. Peng’s Weibo account.
The disappearance caused criticism from tennis celebrities, including Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and former tennis professional Patrick McEnroe.
“We are at a crossroads in the relationship, obviously, with China,” Mr. Simon of WTA told CNN on Thursday. “We are absolutely willing to withdraw from our business and deal with all the complications that come with it, because it is bigger than the business. “
Williams said on Twitter on Thursday that she was “shocked and shocked” by Ms. Peng’s disappearance. “I hope she is safe and found as soon as possible. This must be investigated and we cannot remain silent,” she said.
Mr. McEnroe said on Twitter: “We want to know. We need to know. #彭帅 where.”
It is said that the key to the disappearance lies in the participation of the 75-year-old Mr. Zhang. Until recently, he was a member of the Standing Committee of Seven, a collective dictatorship. China. Successively held many senior positions such as the person in charge of the Tianjin Party Office, the deputy secretary of the Party group, and the director of the Three Gorges Dam construction project.
He stepped down as Deputy Prime Minister in 2018.
The secret affairs of Chinese leaders is one of the most sensitive issues of the CCP. Personal scandals are usually suppressed under strict internal control. China, The analyst said.
As part of the censorship, Chinese government censors used electronic Internet controls to block all discussions of Mr. Zhang and Ms. Peng by banning keywords and acronyms, including references to “tennis”.
Some online discussions circumvent censorship by using indirect or similar-sounding words. For example, Mr. Zhang’s name Goryeo means “Goryeo”-a medieval kingdom of Korea. Subsequently, online chat began to use “Zhang Gaoli” to discuss the scandal.
Mr. Zhang seems to be the latest victim of political cleansing initiated by Xi Jinping. XiSince taking over as the supreme leader of the CCP in 2012, he has also served as the general secretary of the CCP. Mr. Zhang is considered to be a member of the “Shanghai faction” leader associated with former Chinese President Jiang Zemin.
gentlemen. Xi It belongs to the so-called “princeling party,” composed of the sons and relatives of the former leader of the Chinese Communist Party under Mao Zedong, and has taken measures to obtain almost unchallenged power by eliminating competitors and replacing them with loyal ones. An American official said. Xi There is an almost paranoid obsession with eliminating political opponents, and the disclosure of Mr. Zhang and Ms. Peng’s affair is likely the result of Xi Jinping’s further weakening of his power.
Senator Marco Rubio said that Ms. Peng’s case revealed what he called the “evil nature” of the Chinese regime.
“Peng Shuai’s disappearance is just the latest in a long list of immoral and inhuman acts by the Chinese Communist Party,” Rubio said. “This is a regime that often causes dissidents to disappear, using slave labor to promote economic development, and to carry out genocide. It is time for the world to recognize the nature of this regime and hold Xi Jinping. Jinping Bookkeeping. “
“Peng Shuai Has disappeared from public view since then she Come forward she Claim.Chinese feminists and #Me too Rights activists are deeply concerned she Safety. #WhereIsPengShuai,” the account said on November 14.