“We stand with Peng Shuai”: White House reprimands China for silencing Peng, calls for detailed investigation

The US Government has made its's stance very clear on the Peng Shuai controversy. Here's what you should know

Peng Shuai
Peng Shuai

Peng Shuai, former World No. 1 tennis player in doubles, made some serious allegations against a prominent leader of the Chinese Communist Party a while ago and the world knows what the Chinese Government does when something like this comes up.

Peng explained how she was regularly abused by a top former Communist Party leader in a social media post. The post was made on the Chinese social media platform Weibo, and was deleted very soon. After the news came out, many tennis players and WTA has come out in support of her.

“China is known for zero tolerance for criticism and we strongly condemn it”: White House Spokesperson

Peng Shuai
Peng Shuai

Needless to say, WTA does a lot of business with China. A number of events are slated to be conducted in China. However, the WTA Chairman Steve Simon has made it clear that the Association will pull out of China until it becomes absolutely certain that she is safe and sound.

Now, the White House has also issued a statement claiming that the US Government firmly stands with Peng Shuai. Jen Psaki, the White House Press Secretary claimed that we would like to see verifiable proof of Peng’s whereabouts and that she is safe.

“This is where the United States stands in this case. First, any report of sexual assault should be investigated and we support a woman’s ability to speak out and seek accountability. Whether here, or around the world. Second, we will continue to stand up for the freedom of speech,” he said.

The Spokesperson went on to add that China is known for zero tolerance for criticism and has a record of silencing those who dare to speak out. She concluded by claiming that the US Government strongly condemns such practices followed by China.

Evidently, the US Government also hinted towards boycotting the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing. With pressure building from all parts of the world, it will be interesting to see if China is compelled to take relevant steps.

Also read: “China & Human Rights Abuse”: The Peng Shuai Story tells the reality of the Communist Party in China