Peng Shuai, a missing Chinese tennis player, will make a public appearance’soon.’

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Peng Shuai, a missing Chinese tennis player, will make a public appearance’soon.’

Peng Shuai, the former world number one in doubles, has been missing since accusing China’s former vice premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual abuse on November 2.

Peng Shuai is expected to make a public appearance “soon,” according to Chinese state media. Concerns are mounting over the whereabouts of the former world number one doubles player, who vanished after accusing China’s former vice premier of sexual assault. When China state-affiliated media produced a statement reportedly written by Peng indicating she was safe, the WTA CEO and Chairman said he didn’t “trust” it.

In a long Weibo post on November 2, Peng Shuai accused China’s former vice premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault, detailed an on-again, off-again affair with the now-retired politician, who is 40 years her senior, stretching back to 2011.

The post was deleted within half an hour, and searches for Peng’s name and even the word tennis were temporarily blocked. Since sharing the post – believed to be the first made against a high-ranking member of China’s Communist Party, as Zhang served on their Politburo Standing Committee – China’s top ruling council – between 2012 and 2017, the Wimbledon and French Open doubles champion has not been heard from or directly accounted for.

When queried about the charges, a representative for Beijing’s foreign ministry denied all knowledge of them, adding, “I have not heard of it and it is not a diplomatic question.”

As fears for the 35-year-safety old’s have grown, China’s state-run media has reported that he is remaining at home “freely” and “will show up in public and participate in certain activities shortly.”

Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the official journal of China’s ruling Communist Party, tweeted on Saturday (November 20): “She had been staying in her own home for a few days and didn’t want to be bothered. Soon, she will appear in public and take part in various activities.” On Friday (November 19), journalist Shen Shiwei of CGTN, the international branch of government-controlled state broadcaster CCTV, posted images of Peng smiling for the camera while surrounded by toys and a grey cat, alleging they were given to one of her friends over WeChat by Peng.

State-affiliated media accounts are defined, according to Twitter. “Brinkwire News Summary.”

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