Chinese propaganda chief makes controversial statement about missing tennis player Peng Shuai

Chinese propaganda chief makes controversial statement about missing tennis player Peng Shuai

A Beijing diplomat said tennis star Peng Shuai could not have been sexually assaulted by a Chinese official because of her physique.

Peng posted a 1,600-word memo on Chinese social media Weibo in which she accused former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of forcing her to have sex with him last November before suddenly disappearing from view.

She has since resurfaced in a series of seemingly contrived and orchestrated events that have claimed to have been misinterpreted despite outrage from the international sports and political community that she is being censored.

Victor Gao, vice president of the Center for China and Globalization, perpetuated the 60 Minutes idea that a 36-year-old woman could not be attacked by retired vice premier Zhang Gaoli because she was too “tall and strong.”

Once an interpreter for Communist leader Deng Xiaoping, he now serves as the government’s mouthpiece.

“She is a very successful athlete and is physically better at everything than many other women,” he said.

“Due to the maturity of her mind and the maturity of her physical condition, she can take care of herself and defend herself in front of any man or people in China.”

A Beijing apologist said Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai (pictured) could not have been sexually assaulted by a key diplomat due to her physical size.

A Beijing apologist said Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai (pictured) could not have been sexually assaulted by a key diplomat due to her physical size.

Peng made the first post on a Chinese social media site detailing the alleged rape by Mr. Gaoli, which happened seven years after the couple had their first romance.

According to her, she was taken to a room in the house of the former deputy prime minister and told to have sex with an official, while a security guard was standing outside.

The tennis star admitted to being a “bad bad girl” and a “hypocrite” but said she had to share her story.

“I will tell the truth about you. With your intelligence, I’m sure you will deny it, or you can blame it on me, or ignore it. You always said you hope your heavenly mother will bless and protect you,” she wrote on Weibo in November.

“I am a bad woman who is not worthy of being a mother, but you are the father of both son and daughter. I already asked you about this: if it was your adopted daughter, would you force her to do this?

Do you still have the courage to face your mother after all you’ve done in your life? We all like to pose as people of high morals …

Victor Gao (pictured) perpetuated 60 Minutes' idea that a 36-year-old woman could not have been attacked by retired Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli because she was too

Victor Gao (pictured) perpetuated 60 Minutes’ idea that a 36-year-old woman could not have been attacked by retired Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli because she was too “tall and strong”.

Tennis fans support Peng at the Australian Open by wearing T-shirts and asking where the tennis star is after she disappeared following accusations against a former minister.

Tennis fans support Peng at the Australian Open by wearing T-shirts and asking where the tennis star is after she disappeared following accusations against a former minister.

Peng disappeared from public view for several weeks before reappearing and refuting the rumors in an amateur video recorded by a reporter.

“First of all, I must emphasize. I have never spoken or written about someone sexually abusing me,” she said.

– This is a very important point. In the Weibo post, this is my personal problem.”

Questions remain over her condition and freedom, with former doubles partner Andrea Glavatskova among those who fear for her safety, which Mr Gao says is unfounded.

“Physically she is very strong, she is a very tall person. She’s taller than me,” he told 60 Minutes.

“So for a person of my height trying to take advantage of Peng Shuai, forget about it. You indulge in fantasies.

Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli (pictured) allegedly forced Peng to have sex with him in a room in his house while a security guard stood outside.

Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli (pictured) allegedly forced Peng to have sex with him in a room in his house while a security guard stood outside.

He claimed that Peng lived for years in the public eye without any signs of abuse, which is proof that her accusations were unfounded.

“Whatever happened, it happened after she turned 18. The incident reported on the Internet did not happen a week ago, but many years ago,” Mr. Gao said.

“All this time she was a free person, there was no sign that she was oppressed.”

The French newspaper L’Equipe published an interview they had with Peng last week in which the Chinese tennis star stated that she could not contact her because “the computer had been replaced.”

“First of all, I would like to thank all the ATP and WTA players, all the athletes and all the individuals who have taken care of me,” Peng said.

“But I did not think that there would be such anxiety, and I would like to know: why such anxiety? I never disappeared, everyone could see me.”

Peng makes an appearance at the Beijing Winter Olympics, another appearance that some say was made up by the Chinese government to cover up her disappearance.

Peng makes an appearance at the Beijing Winter Olympics, another appearance that some say was made up by the Chinese government to cover up her disappearance.

She stated that the whole situation was a “misunderstanding” and said she never disappeared.

“I never said that someone sexually abused me. It’s just that a lot of people wrote to me, like my friends, including from the IOC, and it was completely impossible to respond to so many messages, ”said the 36-year-old football player.

“But with my close friends I have always remained in close contact. I also discussed this with the WTA. But at the end of the year, the communication computer of their website was changed, and many players at that time were having difficulty logging in.”

Mr. Gao is known for his inflammatory remarks, especially about China’s relationship with Australia.

In November, he warned Western powers not to interfere with China’s attempts to annex the disputed territory 180 km from its coast, and even said that Australia would face “Armageddon” if it tried to support the US in this matter.

The island state, with the support of the United States and Japan, separated from the mainland in 1949 after a civil war.

It has democratically elected leaders and vehemently opposes reunification and Beijing’s totalitarian rule.

But President Xi Jinping has repeatedly said he plans to take over Taiwan by 2027 as part of China’s “great rejuvenation” with military force if necessary.

“Those who want to block the unification are doomed to fail,” Gao said.

“If Australia goes to fight alongside American soldiers in China’s fight for reunification between mainland China and Chinese Taiwan, then you are talking about the worst thing you could dream of – a war between China and the United States.

“It’s about to get out of control and it’s going to be Armageddon, Armageddon and Armageddon.”

Victor Gao, who was once an interpreter for Communist leader Deng Xiaoping, warned Western powers not to interfere with China's attempts to annex the disputed territory 180 km from its coast (pictured is a Chinese missile launch).

Victor Gao, who was once an interpreter for Communist leader Deng Xiaoping, warned Western powers not to interfere with China’s attempts to annex the disputed territory 180 km from its coast (pictured is a Chinese missile launch).

He went on to say that Australia’s recent deal with Britain and the US to acquire nuclear submarines would make the country a target for weapons of mass destruction from Beijing.

“The AUKUS deal will have one big impact on Australia as it will no longer enjoy the privilege and the very rare privilege of not being targeted by nuclear weapons in the future,” Mr. Gao said.

“I hope Australians understand that China should be treated with the same respect as the United States.”

Moments after threatening Australia in his bizarre TV interview, Mr. Gao continued, “China is fundamentally a country of pandas.”

Do you think a kangaroo will be scared of a panda? Probably no. A panda will most likely run away from a kicking kangaroo.”

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