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Analysis: Silent response to Peng Shuai incident indicates that Beijing’s foreign propaganda has failed | Zhang Gaoli | The Epoch Times

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[Epoch Times December 01, 2021](Epoch Times reporter Zhang Ting comprehensive report) After Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai accused the former CCP Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault, the CCP deleted related posts in China and used official media reporters to try to eliminate the international community Concern about the Peng Shuai incident. But the CCP has been silent on this matter. The analysis pointed out that this shows that Beijing’s large-scale foreign propaganda work has failed.

The New York Times issued an article on November 30, stating that the CCP seems to be relying on a two-pronged approach. On the one hand, it is silent about the incident and on the other hand, it waits for the world to move forward. This shows that in the case of Peng Shuai, the country’s huge propaganda organization has limited options for changing the narrative. Beijing hopes that these disturbing allegations will disappear and prevent the outside world from paying more attention to these allegations.

The article pointed out that these strategies have worked for the CCP in the past, at least in China. In recent years, officials have relied on strict censorship and nationalist narratives to divert any accusations against the authorities. However, this time the accusation involved Zhang Gaoli, the highest level of the Chinese Communist Party and former Standing Committee member, making Beijing’s propaganda tools without a simple solution. Any new narrative will most likely first have to admit the sexual accusation and require the approval of the top leaders of the Chinese Communist Party.

When reporters supported by the CCP mentioned Peng Shuai on overseas social media sites, they deliberately avoided mentioning the nature of her allegations.

The outside world has noticed that Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of the Global Times, the mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, has been cautiously mentioning Peng Shuai on Twitter. He indirectly replaced the scandal of Zhang Gaoli being accused of sexual assault with “what people are talking about”.

The CCP’s External Narrative Failure

Foreign governments headed by the United States and the international tennis community have voiced their requests to learn about Peng Shuai’s fall. The CCP releases Peng Shuai’s photos and videos through official media reporters, and asks Peng Shuai to make a video call with the International Olympic Committee chairman in an attempt to calm the outside world. Anger. But this series of practices has triggered more concerns.

The International Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) said the evidence was “not enough” to dispel doubts about Peng Shuai’s condition. WTA Chairman and CEO Steve Simon said that it is still unclear whether Peng Shuai is free and able to make his own decisions and take actions without coercion or external interference. He also asked the Chinese authorities to allow Peng Shuai to leave China or talk to him directly through live video and audio without anyone else present.

The New York Times stated that for the Chinese authorities, the concern is that this incident may interfere with the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics.

Richard McGregor, a senior researcher at the Lowy Institute of Australia, told New Times that the CCP must not only appease Western critics, but also those tennis stars and overseas sports associations. At the same time, all references to Peng Shuai’s allegations are hidden.

“It’s not surprising that the (CCP) propaganda system is in trouble,” he said.

The CCP’s “Force and Confession” Trick attracts attention

In order to quell the international community’s attention to the Peng Shuai incident, the CCP Global Television Network (CGTN) on November 17 forwarded an email purportedly sent by Peng Shuai to the WTA through its official Twitter account. In the email, Peng Shuai denied that she had been sexually assaulted and also denied it. He lost contact and said that everything was okay.

But Simon said that he would not accept this so-called Peng Shuai email from CGTN, which “only made me more worried about her safety and whereabouts.”

These practices of the CCP reminded the outside world of the Beijing authorities’ consistent practice of forcing opponents to make “television confession.” In January 2016, Swedish human rights activist Peter Dahlin and his girlfriend were taken away by the Ministry of National Security in China. Darling is one of the founders of the Chinese Urgent Action Working Group, dedicated to providing legal and financial assistance to defenders in danger.

Two weeks after being held in custody, he was told that if he recorded a video of a confession, the judge might be sentenced to a lighter sentence, and his girlfriend would be released only if his case was resolved.

After Darling agreed, he received a draft question and answer prepared in advance and was asked to memorize the content verbatim.

In April of this year, at a press conference in Beijing, CCP officials played a video. In the video, a thin Uighur man with a shaved head speaks to the camera.

“I will work hard to reform myself and accept leniency from the party and the government.” The man named Erkin Tursun said on TV. He is a former TV producer. CCP officials said that he will serve 20 years in Xinjiang on charges of “inciting ethnic hatred, ethnic discrimination and covering up crimes.”

Reuters reported at the time that Tucson’s speech was arranged by the Chinese Communist Party and was given to his son living abroad. Tucson’s son publicly advocated against his father’s detention. He said this was an arbitrary arrest by the Chinese Communist authorities.

Editor in charge: Lin Yan#

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