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Australian Government Voices Concern Over Chinese Tennis Player Peng Shuai

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Australian Government Voices Concern Over Chinese Tennis Player Peng Shuai

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The Australian government has joined the increasing number of organisations concerned over the safety of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai and has asked Beijing to be accountable on the issue. Peng, the former world No. 1 in women’s doubles, disappeared from the public view after she alleged Zhang Gaoli, the former Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Vice Premier, of sexual assault on social media. Her disappearance has triggered international concern. She reappeared in Chinese state-run media over the weekend, with one video showing her at a restaurant and another showing her taking part in a local tennis tournament as a dignitary. But her reappearance hasn’t quelled concern about her safety. “It is understandable that many people, including in the international sporting community, have raised serious concerns about Ms Peng’s welfare,” an Australian government spokesperson told Guardian on Monday night. “This is a matter that needs to be responded to with transparency and accountability.” …

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