this White house Press Secretary Jen Psaki said at the press conference, “Deeply concerned about the report that Peng Shuai seems to be missing.”
The three-time Olympian and former world number one women’s doubles player has not been seen publicly because of a post on her social media account accusing former Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault. China’s Almighty Lieutenant General of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Party Secretary Xi Jinping. The post was later deleted.
“Any reports of sexual assault should be investigated, and we support women’s ability to speak out and hold accountable, whether it is here or around the world,” Psaki said.
These views have been endorsed by the United Nations.
Elizabeth Throssell, a spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, said at a press conference on Friday that “there is evidence that her whereabouts and health are important.”
“This is a challenging issue because it is difficult for victims of sexual assault to come forward and make accusations,” she added. “Sexual assault exists in any society. It is important to ensure justice and accountability for victims.”
At the same time, in order to allay concerns about her disappearance, an employee of China’s national television station posted photos of Peng on Twitter on Friday, which are invisible to most Internet users in China.
Shen Shiwei wrote Peng and a gray cat on Peng’s WeChat public account, and he held a photo of a panda doll in a seemingly private house, and wrote a “Happy Weekend” comment behind her. .
There is no indication of when these photos were taken, and NBC News cannot verify their authenticity.
Shen works at CGTN, the English department of China Central Television for foreign audiences.
The editor of the Global Times, an English-language newspaper published by the Chinese Communist Party, said on Twitter that he had confirmed from unknown sources that these photos “are indeed Peng Shuai’s current state.”
Hu Xijin wrote: “In the past few days, she is staying in her own home comfortably and does not want to be disturbed.” “She will appear in the public and participate in some activities soon.”
He later posted two video clips of Peng on his Twitter account, which he claimed were filmed on Saturday local time. NBC News could not confirm this.
These photos were released after many tennis players, including Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams with Novak Djokovic Join rights groups, retired players, and several athlete lobby groups to discuss Peng’s disappearance-trying to turn their image into power.
Steve Simon, president and CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association, threatened to withdraw WTA events from China. This means there will be nearly one dozen next year, including the WTA finals.
NBC News has contacted the Chinese Tennis Association for comments. NBC News also tried to reach Zhang, who retired in 2018 and no longer appeared in the public eye.
As the Chinese capital prepares to host the Winter Olympics in February, the controversy is politically embarrassing. A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied on Friday the outcry of knowing Peng’s disappearance.