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China urges ‘sure individuals’ to stop ‘malicious hyping’ of tennis star Peng Shuai

BEIJING, Nov 23 (Reuters) – China’s international ministry mentioned on Tuesday that “certain people” ought to stop the “malicious hyping” and “politicization” of the difficulty of tennis star Peng Shuai, as international governments and organisations proceed to increase questions round her wellbeing.

The whereabouts of Peng, a former doubles world primary, grew to become a matter of worldwide concern for practically three weeks after she posted a message on social media alleging that China’s former Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli had sexually assaulted her.

She re-appeared over the weekend in Beijing and held a video name with International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach on Sunday however the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has mentioned that this didn’t handle or alleviate issues about her wellbeing.

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Chinese tennis participant Peng Shuai indicators large-sized tennis balls on the opening ceremony of Fila Kids Junior Tennis Challenger Final in Beijing, China November 21, 2021, on this display seize obtained from a social media video. TWITTER @QINGQINGPARIS through REUTERS

Amnesty International’s China researcher Alkan Akad additionally advised Reuters the video name did little to ease fears over Peng’s wellbeing and that the IOC was coming into “dangerous waters”. learn extra

“This is not a diplomatic matter,” Chinese international ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian advised a daily press briefing on Tuesday.

“I believe everyone will have seen she has recently attended some public activities and also held a video call with IOC President Bach. I hope certain people will cease malicious hyping, let alone politicization.”

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Reporting by Gabriel Crossley; Writing by Yew Lun Tian; Editing by Tom Hogue and Raju Gopalakrishnan

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has a virtual discussion with Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai in Lausanne, Switzerland, November 21, 2021. Greg Martin/IOC/ Handout via REUTERS

Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai signs large-sized tennis balls at the opening ceremony of Fila Kids Junior Tennis Challenger Final in Beijing, China November 21, 2021, in this screen grab obtained from a social media video. TWITTER @QINGQINGPARIS via REUTERS

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has a virtual discussion with Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai in Lausanne, Switzerland, November 21, 2021. Greg Martin/IOC/ Handout via REUTERS

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