US Concerned Over Missing Chinese Tennis Star

The US on Friday expressed deep concern about reports that Chinese Tennis Star Peng Shuai has gone missing after she alleged top former Chinese Communist Party official pressured her to have sex, the White House said.

“We join in the calls for PRC authorities to provide independent and verifiable proof of her whereabouts and that she is safe,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters, using an acronym for China’s government.

“We know the PRC has zero tolerance for criticism and a record of silencing those that speak out and we continue to condemn those practices,” he added.

The call comes as international concern mounts for the Tennis Star who has gone missing since alleging earlier this month that she was sexually exploited by a former vice-premier of China.

Moreover, the UN Human Rights Office had called for a fully-transparent investigation into allegations made by Peng, formerly the world’s top-ranked doubles player, against Communist Party grandee Zhang Gaoli.

“It would be important to have proof of her whereabouts and well-being and we would urge that there be an investigation with full transparency into her allegations of sexual assault,” Liz Throssell, a spokeswoman for UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet’s office, told reporters in Geneva.

“According to available information, Peng, hasn’t been heard from publically since she alleged on social media that she had been sexually assaulted.”

Peng, a 35-year old former women’s doubles No. 1 player, hasn’t been seen since she posted a 1,500-word essay on Chinese social-media service Weibo detailing her turbulent relationship with Zhang Gaoli.


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