[Epoch Times November 24, 2021](Epoch Times reporter Chen Ting comprehensive report) After Chinese female Internet star Peng Shuai accused the former deputy prime minister Zhang Gaoli of the Chinese Communist Party of sexual assault on the Internet, the post was deleted within half an hour and the CCP banned After relevant discussions and reports, Peng Shuai also disappeared from public view.
While the world is concerned about Peng Shuai’s safety, the tennis star’s experience is forcing people to face up to China’s human rights issues and the fact that the CCP continues to trample on universal values.
The International Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) threatened to withdraw the tournament from China because of concerns about Peng Shuai’s safety. This is one of the strongest responses from the sports world and foreign governments to date.
After the Chinese Communist Party’s official media released photos and videos that allegedly Peng Shuai was dining out, WTA Chairman Steve. Simon said in a statement that this video cannot prove that Peng Shuai is free and can make his own decisions and actions without coercion or interference.
“I still worry about Peng Shuai’s health and safety, and that allegations of sexual assault are being scrutinized and covered up,” Simon said. “Our relationship with China is at a crossroads.” (link)
This is the first time Peng Shuai has appeared in the past three weeks. Since she made the allegations of sexual assault, she has basically disappeared from public view.
Under the CCP’s censorship system, the “Great Wall of the Internet” has cleared online discussions of Peng Shuai’s allegations and blocked news broadcasts discussing her physical condition.
Peng Shuai’s experience reminds people that the CCP continues to violate human rights and challenge the basic values of mankind. These include: the genocide and suppression of Xinjiang Uyghur Muslims; the atrocities of live organ harvesting against prisoners of conscience such as Falun Gong practitioners; suppression of democracy and freedom in Hong Kong; military provocations against Taiwan; control of Tibet; the origin of the COVID-19 virus Obstruction of investigations; and threats to the economy, cyber security, and military on the international stage.
The Biden administration stated that it is paying close attention to Peng Shuai’s situation and is considering a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics next year. However, it was not stated when the decision was announced. Critics believe that Biden should take a more decisive stance.
Legislators from both parties called on Biden to boycott the Olympics diplomatically, including Senator Mitt Romney, who took the lead in proposing an amendment passed by the Senate in June. ) For ongoing human rights violations, the amendment will force a diplomatic boycott. Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi also publicly supported the diplomatic boycott in May.
Other U.S. lawmakers who support the boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics include Senators Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton, Marsha Blackburn, and the head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Republican Michael McCaul and others.
According to a report by “Capitol Hill” (link), Suzanne Nossel, CEO of PEN America and member of the US Foreign Policy Advisory Committee, believes that the international community has an important influence on China at the Olympic Games, and it is this opportunity , Should bluntly criticize Beijing’s behavior.
She said: “I think it’s very important to be outspoken on the issue of Peng Shuai, especially on the broader Chinese (human rights) record.”
“China’s global influence is expanding. As far as their value system is concerned, this is another world-a world that does not respect freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, right to dissent and freedom of the press.”
“At this moment, there has been a high-profile case and an event of major interest,” Nossel said. “I think in this case, it will really have an impact.”
According to The Times, the British government is also considering a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics. In response to Peng Shuai’s safety, the European Union and the Australian governments also called on China to provide “independent and verifiable evidence” to prove Peng Shuai’s freedom and safety.
Some athletes are screaming.
U.S. champion Serena Williams, Belgium’s Kim Clijsters (Kim Clijsters), and Japan’s Naomi Osaka all issued urgent appeals to confirm Peng Shuai’s safety and wrote on Twitter: ” #彭帅 where is.”
The new organization “Professional Tennis Players Association” (PTPA) established by Serbian king Novak Djokovic and Canadian player Vasek Pospisil said that if Peng Shuai is safe Cannot be confirmed, the player must take action.
Enes Kanter, NBA star and center forward of the Boston Celtics, speaks for this.
“The sports world must wake up,” Kanter said. “We need to realize that the authoritarian Chinese (CCP) government is not our friend.”
He wrote in a column in the Wall Street Journal: “The Communist Party is a cruel dictatorship that uses economic power as a weapon to achieve ideological and political obedience.”
He added: “All the gold medals in the world are not worth selling your values and principles to the CCP.”
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