The resolution was jointly proposed by U.S. Democratic Congressman Jennifer Wexton and Republican Congressman Michael Waltz on December 3. In the resolution, the multi-party parliamentarians condemned the International Olympic Committee for continuing to stand for the CCP and cooperate with the CCP to cover up the truth about Peng Shuai’s case.
The resolution mentioned that Peng Shuai said in a post on Chinese social media Weibo on November 2 that she had been forced to have sex with the senior CCP official Zhang Gaoli. Her post was quickly deleted by the CCP’s entire network, and she herself has disappeared from public view.
Under the pressure of huge international public opinion, the Chinese Communist Party media recently released photos and videos of Peng Shuai participating in the event one after another in an attempt to prove Peng Shuai’s safety. Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, who was exposed as Zhang Gaoli’s old acquaintance, came out twice to cooperate with the CCP’s propaganda. On November 21, the Olympic Committee issued a press release claiming that Bach and Peng Shuai had a 30-minute video call, saying that everything was fine with her. On December 2, Bach also claimed that he had spoken with Peng Shuai, trying to prove her safety again.
However, the International Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and the international community did not buy into the two statements made by the Olympic Committee, and questioned whether Peng Shuai made relevant statements under duress. On December 1, WTA has announced that in view of concerns about Peng Shuai’s safety, the association will suspend all competitions in China.
U.S. lawmakers from both parties in the resolution condemned the role played by the Olympic Committee in the Peng Shuai incident for cooperating with the Chinese Communist government to cover up the truth. The resolution also questioned whether the International Olympic Committee “has the ability and willingness to hold the perpetrators accountable and protect athletes participating in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics.”
Congressman Waxton said: “The decision of the International Olympic Committee to participate in this cover-up activity (of the Chinese Communist Party) is shocking and shows that the organization is dangerously disregarding basic human rights and athlete safety issues.” Congressman Waltz said, “The whole world is watching. How did the International Olympic Committee whitewash (the Chinese Communist Party’s) Peng Shuai’s imprisonment, the Chinese Communist Party’s genocide of Uyghurs, and its suppression of democratic rights in Hong Kong and Tibet.”
The resolution urges the International Olympic Committee to call on the Chinese Communist Party to conduct an independent and transparent investigation of the allegations made by Peng Shuai, stop the censorship of the Peng Shuai incident, and restore Peng Shuai’s personal freedom, including allowing Peng Shuai to leave China.
The Peng Shuai case has now triggered many countries in the world to consider a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics in February next year. On December 6, the White House has officially announced a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics; European country Lithuania has recently announced a boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics and called on EU member states to follow up; the United Kingdom recently revealed that it is negotiating with allies; the Australian government 11 It was also stated on June 25 that it was considering a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics.