El caso Peng Shuai does not cool. Zhao Lijian, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, has accused the western media of “malicious advertising” in relation to the state of Peng Shuai, in a forceful response to the doubts of the rest of the world about the well-being of the Asian tennis player.
The whereabouts of Peng, a former number one in the world of doubles, has become a matter of international concern during the last three weeks, after she alleged in a message on her networks (the boy portal Weibo) that the former deputy prime minister of the country, Zhang Gaoli , he had sexually assaulted her. That message was only posted for 20 minutes. Since then, Peng stopped being seen in public shortly after he made his accusation on November 2.
Some countries are considering a possible boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, to be held in February, and assurances from the Chinese authorities that Peng is safe and well have been met with skepticism, especially by the WTA.
“This is not a diplomatic matter “Zhao Lijian said at a news conference on Tuesday. “I think you all have seen that she recently attended some public activities and also made a video call with the president of the IOC [Comit Olmpico Internacional], [Thomas] Bach. I hope some people stop maliciously exaggerating. “