Where EAST meets the Northwest
Asian Reporter web extra, November 30, 2021
China’s Peng Shuai serves to Japan’s Nao Hibino during their first round
singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne,
Australia, in this January 21, 2020 file photo. Peng adds to a growing number of
Chinese businesspeople, activists, and ordinary people who have disappeared from
public view in recent years after criticizing party figures or in crackdowns on
corruption or pro-democracy and labor-rights campaigns. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill,
EU wants "verifiable proof" Chinese tennis player is safe
The Associated Press
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union (EU) says it wants China to release
"verifiable proof" that tennis player Peng Shuai is safe and to conduct a
thorough and transparent investigation into her sexual assault allegations.
Peng, a three-time Olympian and former top-ranked doubles player, dropped out
of public view after accusing a former Communist Party official of sexual
Peng only has had a few direct contacts with officials outside China since
she disappeared from public view earlier this month. She told Olympic officials
in a November 21 video call from Beijing that she was safe and well.
"Her recent public reappearance does not ease concerns about her safety and
freedom," an EU spokesperson said.
Peng made the sexual assault allegation online against a former member of the
Communist Party’s ruling Standing Committee, Zhang Gaoli. The tennis player’s
post was removed within minutes, and she stopped appearing in public.
"The EU joins growing international demands, including by sport
professionals, for assurances that she is free and not under threat," the EU
said in a statement. "In this spirit, the EU requests the Chinese government to
provide verifiable proof of Peng Shuai’s safety, well-being, and whereabouts.
The EU urges the Chinese authorities to conduct a full, fair, and transparent
investigation into her allegations of sexual assault."
Peng adds to a growing number of Chinese businesspeople, activists, and
ordinary people who have disappeared from public view in recent years after
criticizing party figures or in crackdowns on corruption or pro-democracy and
"The EU strongly opposes the use of the practice of enforced disappearance
and arbitrary detention ... and calls upon China to comply with its
human--rights obligations under national and international law," the EU said.
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