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November 19, 2021

New York Times Invents 'Sexual Assault' #MeToo Case To Blame China

The 'news' over last years have again and again demonstrated the notorious unreliability of woke 'western' media.

Andrew Sullivan @sullydish - 21:27 UTC · Nov 12, 2021
2016 election. Rittenhouse. Covington. Russian collusion. Vaccines. Bounties on US soldiers. Lab-leak theory. Jussie Smollett. The Pulse shooting. The Atlanta shootings. Hunter Biden laptop. Inflation. Steele Dossier.

The MSM got every single one wrong.

When All The Media Narratives Collapse
In case after case, the US MSM just keeps getting it wrong.

To those U.S. centric stories one must add all the false claims made about foreign countries - see Syria and Belarus for recent example.  One then finds that the media do not report but, as Sullivan writes, "make the news fit the broader political fight".

There is currently a push for a boycott of the winter Olympics in Beijing. Western media are busy to push for an anti-China angle of the games. Their aim is a political boycott so no one 'in good standing' dares to visit them.

On November 2, by timely chance, some well known Chinese sportswoman posted a sad story about the end of her love affair with a once powerful older man on the Chinese social media site Weibo. That post was soon taken down, likely by the woman herself, but that was too late to prevent that the 'woke' western media and Olympic boycott campaigners made a hash out of it.

A day after the post was published and unpublished the New York Times mangled the facts to make it into a 'woke' anti-China story:

A Chinese Tennis Star Accuses a Former Top Leader of Sexual Assault
Peng Shuai’s accusation against Zhang Gaoli takes the country’s budding #MeToo movement to the top echelons of the Communist Party for the first time.

Peng Shuai, the professional tennis star, publicly accused a former vice premier of China of sexual assault, igniting an online firestorm of attention to a #MeToo allegation that for the first time touched the pinnacles of Communist Party power.

Ms. Peng made the accusation in a post on Tuesday night on her verified account on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter. In it, she described an assault by Zhang Gaoli, who from 2012 to 2017 served on the party’s Politburo Standing Committee, the top ruling body in China. She also described having had an on-and-off consensual relationship with Mr. Zhang.

The post was removed within minutes, but the allegations swirled through the country’s heavily controlled internet, fueled by the fame of the accuser and the accused. That kept the censors inside China’s Great Firewall scrambling.
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Ms. Peng’s accusations could not be corroborated.

Where is the headlined 'sexual assault' one might ask. The NYT piece wont say:

Mr. Zhang retired in 2018, when, according to Ms. Peng’s account, the two resumed a relationship that had begun when he served in Tianjin, which would have been between 2007 and 2012. She said he had first assaulted her after inviting her to play tennis with him and his wife. “I never consented that afternoon, crying all the time,” she wrote, not specifying when exactly the assault occurred.

As it turns out no 'assault' had happened. Moreover Peng Shuai never alleged that an 'assault' happened. The New York Times made that up!

A full English language translation of Peng Shuai's Weibo post can be found here.

Peng Shuai, who is 35, had an unusual relationship with a married man who is 40 years older than she is. They first started to have consensual sex a decade ago and that affair kept going for a while until the man got promoted:

About seven years ago, we had sex. Then later on after you got promoted to be a member of the Politburo Standing Committee in Beijing, you never contacted me again.

The man, Zhang Gaoli, was in a new powerful position where any scandal would have had serious consequences for him, anyone involved, the party and the country.

But he had not forgotten Peng Shuai and as soon as he retired he again contacted her:

About three years ago, Zhang Gaoli vice president, you retired. You asked Dr. Liu at the Tianjin Tennis Centre to contact me, and asked me with play tennis with you at Kang Ming Hotel in Beijing. After we finished playing tennis, you and your wife Kang Jie brought me to your home. Then you took me into your room. Like what happened ten years ago in Tianjin, you wanted to have sex with me.

She did not want to have sex that afternoon and she nowhere claims that they had sex that afternoon. He asked for sex. She said no. Nothing happened. She stayed for dinner:

That afternoon I didn't agree, and I kept crying. I had dinner with you and auntie Kang Jie together. You said the universe is very very big. The earth is merely a speck of sand in the universe, and us human beings are smaller than even a speck of sand. You said a lot more than that, and the purpose was basically to persuade me to drop my guard. After dinner, I was still not willing to have sex. You said you hated me. You said in those seven years, you never forgot about me, and you will treat me well etc... I was terrified and anxious. Taking into consideration the affection I had for you seven years ago, I agreed... yes, we had sex.

She agreed, they had sex, and a lot of affection for each other:

Romantic attraction is such a complicated thing that explain it clearly. From that day on, I renewed my love for you. Throughout my time with you after that, purely based on our interactions, you were a very good person, and you treated me well. We talking about recent history, as well as ancient eras. You educated me on so many topics, and we had discussions about economics, politics. We never ran out of things to talk about. We played chess, sang, played table tennis, played pool and also played tennis together. We always had endless fun. It was as if our personalities fit perfectly together.

Does anyone see an 'assault' accusation in that?

Zhang Gaoli is married and has two grown up kids. His wife knew of his affair with Peng Shuai but seems to have put up with it. (China has, just like France, some traditional tolerance for having mistresses.) The relation was otherwise kept secret. At the end of last month the affair unfortunately ended in disharmony.

I really want to just live simply, but things turned out different than what I wanted. On the 30th, we argued very badly. You said on the afternoon on the 2nd, we would go to your home to slowly talk it out. Today at noon, you called to say you are busy, denied everything, made excuse to say we would talk another day... and just like this, you disappeared again, just like seven years ago.

You played with me, and dumped me when you are done with me. You said there were no transactions between us. Yes, that is true, our affection towards each other had nothing to do with money or power. But I have a hard time finding closure for, and coming to terms with our three year long relationship.

And that's it folks. Zhang Gaoli and Peng Shuai had a years long affair. They loved each other. But after three years they broke up. Peng Shuai has trouble to get over it. Hours later she makes a public post about the issue which she, minutes later, deletes. That's it.

Read her post yourself. Nowhere is there any claim of an 'sexual assault' in it.

Nor is there evidence, as the Times insinuates, that the somewhat embarrassing post was taken down by a censor and not by Peng Shuai herself. The New York Times makes all that just up.

The story then made the rounds through other 'western' media.

To no ones surprise Peng Shuai has since avoided the public. But that only encouraged the continuation of the 'western' media onslaught.

Ten days later some self-important man from the Women's Tennis Association (pushed by whom?) got involved:

Steve Simon, the chief executive of the WTA Tour, called on Sunday for Chinese authorities to investigate allegations of sexual assault made by the Chinese women’s tennis star Peng Shuai against Zhang Gaoli, a former vice premier of China.

Simon also called for an end to official Chinese censorship on the subject, and suggested the tour would consider no longer doing business in China if it did not see “appropriate results.”

“Obviously she displayed tremendous courage going public,” Simon said of Peng. “Now we want to make sure we’re moving forward to a place where a full and transparent investigation is conducted. Anything else, I think, is an affront to not only our players but to all women.”

What please is there to investigate about a consensual affair between a prominent man and a prominent woman in China? Nothing of course but soon everyone with a name in tennis felt that they had to step in. The WTA even released a statement on its site (which I can no longer find).

Yesterday Peng Shuai responded to Mr. Simon's claims with an email which she also made public:

CGTN Europe @CGTNEurope - 17:32 UTC · Nov 17, 2021
Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has sent an email to Steve Simon, the WTA Chairman & CEO, CGTN has learned. The email reads:

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The email says: "The news in that [WTA] release, including the allegations of sexual assault, is not true. I'm not missing, nor am I unsafe."

In the email Peng Shuai also sensibly asks to confirm any further WTA statement about her with herself. Something that should have been understood in the first place.

Too late - the notorious liars at the New York Times only use the email to further their political bidding:

First came the shocking #MeToo accusation by a famous athlete against one of China’s top leaders. Then came the accuser’s disappearance from public view, one so thorough that questions swirled about her health and personal safety.
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The latest pushback on China’s effort to squelch the accusation came early on Thursday after Chinese state media tried to refute it, while saying Ms. Peng was safe and sound. It published an email purportedly written by Ms. Peng herself, saying the sexual assault accusations were not true and asking for officials who run women’s tennis to stop meddling.

Note again that Peng Shuai original post DOES NOT CLAIM that there was any assault. There are no '#MeToo' accusations against Zhang Gaoli, only a sad outcry of a woman at the end of a consensual affair.

In her email Peng Shuai explicitly confirms that there are no sexual assault accusations. The Times has no evidence that the 'email purportedly written by Ms. Peng herself' was not written by herself. Why does it insinuate that?

The Times has presented exactly zero evidence that any 'assault' has happened. Peng Shuai has never claimed that any 'assault' happened. She then explicitly denied it. But the Times "makes the news fit the broader political fight". Its target in that fight, supported by Mr. Simon, is China.

The response by the Women’s Tennis Association just hours later was unequivocal, suggesting that the email was very likely a crude fraud. “I have a hard time believing that Peng Shuai actually wrote the email we received or believes what is being attributed to her,” said Steve Simon, the association’s executive director.

The international furor over Ms. Peng’s accusation has erupted only weeks before a major event on China’s calendar — the Winter Olympics in Beijing. The Chinese government now faces a new firestorm of criticism of its behavior, which has added fuel to calls for a diplomatic and commercial boycott of the Games.

And that folks is exactly what the New York Times wanted to happen.

The screed continues with quoting 'experts' from the anti-China Lowry Institute, a Chinese 'activist' living in the United States, several tennis players who misjudge the non existing case based on the false NYT reports, the discredited Human Rights Watch and some anti-Chinese writer in Australia.

To repeat it again. Some grown up woman made a social media post in which she was sad about the end of a years long love affair. Minutes later she, or someone else, takes the post down. Screenshots however had been made and continued to circle.

There are no accusations of an assault in her post. She says that one afternoon she did not consent to have sex and she does not claim to have had any sex at that time. Later, in the evening, she consented to have sex and the night reignited a dormant love affair that continued for three years. After the issue becomes public an email by Peng Shuai explicitly confirms that there are no accusations of a sexual assault. Without any evidence that the reasonable email is fake its provenance gets questioned.

The claim of an 'assault' was completely made up between the ears of some New York Times writers. To call them liars is an understatement. They lie, invent and manipulate 'facts' for nefarious reasons:

Andrew Sullivan @sullydish - 21:27 UTC · Nov 12, 2021
2016 election. Rittenhouse. Covington. Russian collusion. Vaccines. Bounties on US soldiers. Lab-leak theory. Jussie Smollett. The Pulse shooting. The Atlanta shootings. Hunter Biden laptop. Inflation. Steele Dossier.

The MSM got every single one wrong.

No, the MSN did not not get those wrong. It willfully manipulated the news on those cases. It invented 'facts' which were free of any evidence. It created big piles of bullshit.

The Peng Shuai 'assault' case is just another one of those.

 

Update 16:54 UTC

Shen Shiwei沈诗伟 @shen_shiwei - 15:18 UTC · 19 Nov 2021

Peng Shuai’s WeChat moments just posted three latest photos and said “Happy weekend”.
Her friend shared the three photos and the screenshot of Peng’s WeChat moments.
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Posted by b on November 19, 2021 at 15:55 UTC | Permalink

Comments

I would like to say I'm shocked by lame stream corp. media in Amerika but they are just doing their job of cut & paste what is sent to them by state department or cia.

Thanks b for the truth

Posted by: jo6pac | Nov 19 2021 16:28 utc | 1

You had me at New York Times and China..

Posted by: ET TU | Nov 19 2021 16:32 utc | 2

b, how dare you try to raise facts in this case. The important thing is to be outraged and to demand that punishment is made to someone who did... something!

Also, how revealing that the NYT is concerned about alleged #MeToo actions in this case but pointedly ignore and refuse to cover Tara Reade's allegations. It's almost as if they have very selective outrage.

Posted by: worldblee | Nov 19 2021 16:41 utc | 3

China's official response to this nothingburger:

China's Foreign Ministry 'not aware' of situation surrounding tennis player Peng Shuai

Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters that the matter was "not a diplomatic question and I'm not aware of the situation."

That's it. That's the Chinese government's answer.

The funniest thing is that the first paragraph of this ESPN article is this:

China's Foreign Ministry on Friday stuck to its line that it wasn't aware of the controversy surrounding tennis professional Peng Shuai, who disappeared after accusing a former top official of sexually assaulting her.

"Stuck to its line"? This is not even their department!

I recommend you all to read the article. It's a comedy of backyard propaganda warfare. Even the spokeswoman for the U.N. human rights office was dragged into this.

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Anyway, like I've been saying here before, there's a limit to propaganda warfare. The always comes a moment where you need the economy and the brute force to back it up, otherwise it will start to backfire and have the polar opposite effect.

The Chinese understand this:

Punishing Lithuania like swatting a fly: Global Times editorial

The Chinese mainland has a growing ability to solve the Taiwan question by force, while US and Western ability to retaliate through diplomatic and economic sanctions is losing credibility.

I urge the First World peoples to understand this simple fact: the communists are not the woke left you have in our country. They are reds, not pinks, descendants from the pure Marxist lineage of Lenin. They will get the job done, and will not refrain from using brute force to do it. They don't care about your P.C., H.R., moralist bullshit. Mix the Communist and the Woke Left together at your own risk.

Posted by: vk | Nov 19 2021 16:52 utc | 4

All part of the required reverberations for the "drum beat of war".

Making the public recognize and demonize an enemy is a requirement! Step by step, little by little.

Don't think there is a war on the way? Just look around at the chaos, misinformation and pursuit of control.

Don't think others hear the drum beat? Read here: https://thesaker.is/russian-options-in-a-world-headed-for-war/

Posted by: James Cook | Nov 19 2021 17:04 utc | 5

Why is there any surprise? Back then, Peng was still young and hot, and Mr Zang was already powerful. She put up a minor charade, but in the end fell into his arms readily. Now that she’s old (yes, 35 is old in China), he didn’t want anything to do with her anymore. She is alpha-widowed. Way to go, thot.

Posted by: Andrew Ho | Nov 19 2021 17:08 utc | 6

Amerika was always going to boycott the Chinese games. All that was needed was an excuse to legitimise their hypocrisy. Like they really give a f*ck about Chinese athletes or Taiwan or anything other than their own self importance.

Posted by: Robert Wursthaus | Nov 19 2021 17:08 utc | 7

It's cute that her email begs the question "Why didn't you verify this fairytale with me before rushing into print?" and will never be answered by the gullible naifs who swallowed it hook, line and sinker.

ABC.net.au/MediaWatch exposes this sort of twaddle, from ridiculously self-righteous Media bone-heads almost every week. Their excuse, when they can be bothered dreaming one up, is usually "We published on a Need to Know basis ... in Good Faith.
Which invites one to ponder what Bad Faith would smell like?

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Nov 19 2021 17:12 utc | 8

The most tragic victim of the “me too movement” is genuine feminism.

Posted by: Deb | Nov 19 2021 17:13 utc | 9

That's a downward spiral of journalistic relevancy, if ever I saw one.

Posted by: JPC | Nov 19 2021 17:14 utc | 10

China threatens US elite dominance and thus must be made to be the terrifying "authoritarian" Other that the US must defend itself against (just like "authoritarian" Russia and "theocracy" Iran [ignoring the theocracies of Israel and Saudi Arabia, and the budding one of India]). The only way to do this is to lie and make shit up, and that is the role of the mainstream media, as it always has been. Nothing surprises me, the more successful China becomes the greater the lies.

In parallel the censorship of independent sites that dare to question the created narrative will be disappeared as the "Great Internet Wall of the US" is constructed by the Internet Oligopoly (Facebook, Google, Twitter). One reason why I use google searches less and less. When will we be getting an expose book by some distant relative/colleague of Xi Jinping to show what a horrible person he must be, like the fabulist hit-job done in "Mao: The Unknown Story"? Same as Putin with his hidden billions that are hidden so well that nobody can find them.

The fact that the NYT has to work so hard to find negative stories such as the one B covered, or the Western fantasies about Xinjiang, show how pretty good the average Chinese citizen has it - especially versus their recent past. Some interesting questions would be (i) how many Chinese got shot by police in the past year - hint, the vast majority of Chinese police are not armed (ii) what percentage of Chinese are in prison? (iii) what percentage of any given minority are in prison? (iv) what's the rate of violent crime in China vs the US? (v) has the rate of poverty gone up or down in China in the past few decades? (vi) are young Chinese better off than their parents? etc. Of course, no such questions can be allowed to enter the heads of the US populace, instead they must be led to believe fairy stories about the Other and about their own nation. Big Brother would be proud, and Pravda seriously envious.

Posted by: Roger | Nov 19 2021 17:14 utc | 11

Why should we be surprised? The NYTimes used to be called the “Newspaper of the World.” Those days are long gone.

Posted by: Jose Garcia | Nov 19 2021 17:15 utc | 12

No, the MSN did not not get those wrong. It willfully manipulated the news on those cases.

exactly. it's just like the "we meant well in iraq but gosh it's hard to deal with foreigners" line: pretending they're just babes in the woods with great intentions (or, on the flipside, incompetent idiots who should be flipping burgers for a living). both involve people born and raised in a tight cultural system, "educated" at the best schools in a wealthy country and working at giant firms, new outlets or the frigging pentagon. yet every time they screw up their ONE JOB suddenly "that's why pencils have erasers".

what the hell did they teach you pricks at harvard? i'm guessing that the "news" should shape events instead of just reporting them? cuz cronkite ended vietnam or whatever?

but that outlook is to be expected from sullivan; in that same article he links to a 110 page pdf titled "i was wrong". some C-list "journalists" (read as: "garden variety polemicists") like himself don't get all the memoes and hints dropped over vodka lunches in georgetown so many of them are genuinely naive enough to believe establishment narratives. it's like they're "in" scientology but not leveled up enough to hang out with tom cruise and transmit warnings from xenu.

that said, people outside that hive mind bubble are also to blame. unlike the "blob" stenographers normal people with real jobs have a list of incentives for questioning and mocking such idiocy. not waking up to nuclear war or having your money stolen to pay for the nukes come to mind.

tl;dr - "it takes two to tango" and fool me twice...can't get fooled again!

Posted by: the pair | Nov 19 2021 17:16 utc | 13

Perhaps she should sue the NY Times and WTA for slander. Assuming such a suit is possible in the US

Posted by: Blue Dotterel | Nov 19 2021 17:16 utc | 14

b wrote,
"The WTA even released a statement on its site (which I can no longer find)."

This appears to be the statement you were referring to.


Statement from Steve Simon, WTA Chairman & CEO

“The recent events in China concerning a WTA player, Peng Shuai, are of deep concern. As an organization dedicated to women, we remain committed to the principles we were founded on - equality, opportunity and respect.

Peng Shuai, and all women, deserve to be heard, not censored. Her accusation about the conduct of a former Chinese leader involving a sexual assault must be treated with the utmost seriousness.
In all societies, the behavior she alleges that took place needs to be investigated, not condoned or ignored.
We commend Peng Shuai for her remarkable courage and strength in coming forward. Women around the world are finding their voices so injustices can be corrected.

We expect this issue to be handled properly, meaning the allegations must be investigated fully, fairly, transparently and without censorship.

Our absolute and unwavering priority is the health and safety of our players. We are speaking out so justice can be done.”

https://www.wtatennis.com/news/2350641/wta-seeks-full-fair-and-transparent-investigation-into-sexual-assault-allegations-against-former-chinese-leader


I checked the Wayback Machine and the statement is the same as it was on November 15, 2021.

Posted by: librul | Nov 19 2021 17:20 utc | 15

@Posted by: vk | Nov 19 2021 16:52 utc | 4

Its like when the schoolyard bully realizes he can't bully you anymore, so now he just throws slurs and insults instead of punches. After a while he loses all credibility and starts being ignored. A couple of decades later you go to a school reunion and he is the loser that no one wants to talk to. That reunion was sweet ....

Posted by: Roger | Nov 19 2021 17:20 utc | 16

The backstory to this Comedy Of Errors is the unspoken insinuation that cock-sucking and unquestioning obedience are important attributes to display in self-worshiping hierarchical organisations if one is seeking promotion.

I mean who gives a Tinker's Cuss what the so-called Chief Executive of the WTA Tour thinks about ANYTHING not related to tennis? And how come he's too busy/distracted to check the veracity of an ugly rumour for himself?

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Nov 19 2021 17:39 utc | 17

Ah yes, a Tabloid Media befits a Tabloid Nation as reality is covered by a great sea of bullshit from ocean to ocean touching everything. It's good to see b's anger and disgust showing through his prose as it ought. Meanwhile, the geopolitical situation has drastically changed as I report here and has apparently shocked BigLie Media into silence for the moment.

Posted by: karlof1 | Nov 19 2021 17:51 utc | 18

Western presstitute: "I can't see her in this satellite picture of China! She disappeared!"

Peng Shuai: "Why didn't you just call me? I'm at home!"

Western presstitute: [crickets]

CIA goon: [hears crickets] "OMG! My brain is boiling! Russian mind rays!"

American hysteria has gone so ludicrous it boggles the mind. How can they not see how ridiculous their official narratives are?

Posted by: William Gruff | Nov 19 2021 17:58 utc | 19

The race for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize begins...

Posted by: ptb | Nov 19 2021 18:10 utc | 20

Seriously - why would anyone consider the New York Times a credible journalistic organization at this point?
They're good only for understanding the Bizarro world of the Swamp.

Posted by: c1ue | Nov 19 2021 18:19 utc | 21

O/T Just in. Rittenhouse verdict. NOT GUILTY on all 5 counts.

Watch BLM/Antifa rioters go bezerk.

Posted by: Beibdnn. | Nov 19 2021 18:21 utc | 22

There's a great quip in John Pilger's 2016 doco The Coming War On China.
Pilger is bouncing a few examples of Western anti-China drivel off a Chinese historian. The historian gets a bit impatient and says (words to the effect):
"Look, China doesn't want to take over the world or tell other countries how to behave. In fact we built the Great Wall to keep the barbarians OUT!"

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Nov 19 2021 18:24 utc | 23

William Gruff @19--

I don't think they give a god damn about anything they spout as the volume at which it's spouted is so loud all protest is drowned out, which has been the case for decades now. The Narrative is under challenge but us challengers don't have anywhere near the platform. Yes, admittedly more people see through the lies, but that number is too far away from attaining the necessary Critical Mass. Plus there's the international Echo Chamber that serves the same purpose globally. Let's see what happens in response to Russia's R2P--if it's ignored, did it really happen? There's a reason why Lavrov leaked those documents since they expose the ongoing narrative as to Minsk2 to be a series of BigLies. But the docs are in Russian!!! They should've been translated into English and the other major languages. Fowdy noted in his critique of China's media that they make too many basic errors like Russia just made with the docs. Then there's official suppression as with Assange et al and now Strategic-Culture. The slippery slope into 1984 began long ago, but it's recently gotten steeper and thus much harder to escape given all the censorship.

In short Bill, we're at war with our own government, but too few have yet to see it that way.

Posted by: karlof1 | Nov 19 2021 18:33 utc | 24

The NYT made up that accusation by jumping on the one sentence:
“I never consented that afternoon, crying all the time,”

By presenting it in isolation and without its context, they made it look like something non-consensual happened that afternoon. The reality, as she explained, is that she did not consent and therefore nothing happened, at least not until later when she changed her mind and did consent.

Even translating between two European languages can produce a false interpretation if the context is hidden. I suspect that Peng Shuai's original sentence in Chinese about how she never "consented" looks a lot more innocent to someone who is fluent in that language.

Posted by: Brendan | Nov 19 2021 18:38 utc | 25

This is just another attempt to smear China to get hearts and minds onside, in the UK they've even enlisted tennis player Andy Murray to say a few words on the matter.

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Nov 19 2021 19:05 utc | 26

I would not be surprised if Pang Shuai has gone into hiding to escape a false narrative about sexual assault that could escalate into the cancellation of several tennis tournaments in China by the WTA in 2022 if not a boycott of the Beijing Olympics.

I understand she may be embarrassed at how her original Weibo post is being twisted into something sinister and wants to escape the lurid and creepy attention but she should start to think about exploring possible legal avenues to clear her name and reputation and to demonstrate that she is her own person and does not need the fake MeToo movement to defend her.

Posted by: Jen | Nov 19 2021 19:25 utc | 27

Great work b. Thank you.
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Posted by: Roger | Nov 19 2021 17:20 utc | 16

Its like when the schoolyard bully realizes he can't bully you anymore, so now he just throws slurs and insults instead of punches. After a while he loses all credibility and starts being ignored.

I haven't seen any evidence the bully has lost his edge. This isn't about bullying China. Or at least, not directly. This is about owning the narrative battlefield, a field that fits entirely between the ears of an exclusively Western audience.

If there is one thing the Skripal circus has taught us, it is that the target audience has no defence whatsoever against this kind of firepower.

As Karlof puts it @ 24 :

I don't think they give a god damn about anything they spout as the volume at which it's spouted is so loud all protest is drowned out, which has been the case for decades now. The Narrative is under challenge but us challengers don't have anywhere near the platform. Yes, admittedly more people see through the lies, but that number is too far away from attaining the necessary Critical Mass.

I would also add that I don't see anyone particularly caring about this issue. That's what makes the propaganda so effective. People aren't listening but they can't help hearing. Much like Christmas music playing everywhere. Nobody listens, nobody cares, certainly not to the point of challenging the playlist. But it's always there and we hum along.

These songs don't have to play long. If for some reason the narrative is threatening to bounce out of control, we simply skip to the next track. Hey look at that, we already know the words. amazing, isn't it.

...I have no gift to bring
Pa rum pum pum-pum...

Posted by: robin | Nov 19 2021 20:05 utc | 28

@28 robin

There are definitely non western audiences. All the current and potential BRI participants in Eurasia. Geo-strategic countries like Phillippines and Indonesia. The Islamic world. And not least, China's immediate neighbors in the industrial heartland of the world, Japan + Korea. And of course ASEAN countries like Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia.

All of them view the increasingly erratic amateur-hour imperialism with concern.

Posted by: ptb | Nov 19 2021 20:24 utc | 29

Wang Huning, the Chinese Communist who understands America

"But does anybody in Washington DC understand China like Wang Huning understands America?That is the question that an American academic asks in an article in Law and Libertyabout Wang Huning who has served three Chinese presidents.On October 30 2021, in an article entitled “What is going on in China?” I drew attention to an article in Palladium about Wang Huning."

https://johnmenadue.com/john-menaduewang-huning-the-chinese-communist-who-understands-america/

https://lawliberty.org/book-review/the-chinese-communist-who-understands-america/

Posted by: Paul | Nov 19 2021 20:30 utc | 30

I saw that the head of the WTA demanded an investigation into her allegations. I’m not sure what allegations she made. It’s surprising how many people believe sexual assault or rape was alleged when it was not.

On the Chinese internet, the story is also facing backlash. It’s not that her story is false just that what she said is being misrepresented by people who are not her.

Posted by: T | Nov 19 2021 20:48 utc | 31

By the way, isn't it weird that the head of the WTA is a man?

It's one thing if the female version of a sport is very recent, so its federation or association must hire a male to preside it because there are no women available for this kind of job.

But (lawn) tennis is one of the few sports where the female version is as old as the male version. Indeed, the sport in its modern form (as we know today) was essentially created for suburban middle class couples in North America, to play in clubs at weekends or vacations. That's why mixed doubles is a thing in lawn tennis (two couples playing against each other in a club on a Saturday evening).

Taking that into consideration, I think Mr. Simon should be immediately fired, a woman being put in his place.

Posted by: vk | Nov 19 2021 21:00 utc | 32

ptb @ 29

There is no reason for the DJs to play for an audience other than Western.

They are selling a war of choice and we, the Western citizenry, are the benevolent patrons.

What a foreign audience may think will have no bearing on the way they conduct their war. There is no narrative management imperative simply because it doesn't matter how a foreign audience perceives the Empire's actions. Bombs will drop, sanctions will crush and vandals will destroy, regardless.

Posted by: robin | Nov 19 2021 21:22 utc | 33

As to the Skripals, where are Sergei & Yulia these days? Any reports of where-abouts in recent years?

Posted by: pSi-man | Nov 19 2021 22:16 utc | 34

@33 - that can be relied on to impress European allies, but for the forseeable future, human civilization (Western or not) is completely dependent on the things supplied from East Asia. Wouldn't last a year without. And the threat of the great bombing machine, which used to level cities (and even then still fail to produce victory) has been reduced to proxy action, relying on kids with selfie sticks to act as human shields. The slow change is noticeable.

Posted by: ptb | Nov 19 2021 22:45 utc | 36

Wasn't it Kissinger who said power is the ultimate aphrodisiac?

Posted by: Morongobill | Nov 20 2021 0:04 utc | 37

Wait, is this real?

From #WhereIsPengShuai to #WhyIsSheShowingWinnieThePooh

If it is, then I'm afraid I'm going to die of laugh.

Posted by: vk | Nov 20 2021 0:42 utc | 38

CIA goon: [hears crickets] "OMG! My brain is boiling! Russian mind rays!"

Posted by: William Gruff | Nov 19 2021 17:58 utc | 19
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I laugh my head off reading your comment! So funny yet so true regarding MSM, who lies, lies and lies to beat the war drum against China for the ruling 1% and MIC.

The sad thing is lots of Westners totally believe in this sort of absurd news without any trace of crtical thinking.

Posted by: lulu | Nov 20 2021 0:55 utc | 39

IF ever NYT, which has lots of Chinese-speaking journalists/freelance/stringers who are die-hard pro-Western supporters and willing to jump on any opportunity to bash China, care to translate Peng Shuai's full post as b has posted, people will see what bunch lies NYT & Co are pedalling:

- The last sentence at the end of the first paragraph of Peng's post:

Like what happened ten years ago in Tianjin, you wanted to have sex with me.

- The third sentence from the beginning of the second paragraph:

About seven years ago , we had sex.

- The last sentence at then end of the third paragraph:

Taking into consideration the affection I had for you seven years ago, I agreed... yes, we had sex (again) (three years ago).


--->>> No rape. But an on-and-off consensual relationship.


Btw, anti-China propaganda army has been trying to shape Peng Shuai's affair with an retired high ranking Chinese politican into another anti Chinese government cyber warfare by plastering the same slogan "Where is Peng Shuai" all over Chinese social media in unison.

Posted by: lulu | Nov 20 2021 1:15 utc | 40

An brilliant observer of the MSM's hypocrisy:

Western media on western women:
"If she doesn't want to appear in public, it's her choice. Respect her privacy."

Western media on Chinese women:
"She's disappeared! Where is she? Why doesn't she appear in public?"

Posted by: lulu | Nov 20 2021 1:22 utc | 41

It has nothing to do with Peng Shuai's wellbeing or Chiese women's right but all about US & EU ruling over the world:

Top EU diplomat: We western people, US and EU, we have been ruling the world … we were the masters of how technology was working … if we are no longer standard-setting we will not rule the 21st century”

Posted by: lulu | Nov 20 2021 1:37 utc | 42

Excellent article:

Women’s Tennis Association and the West Will Make a Mess of Peng Shuai’s Disappearance – as usual
https://dissidentvoice.org/2021/11/womens-tennis-association-and-the-west-will-make-a-mess-of-peng-shuais-disappearance/

You can choose to like or not China’s millennial system of justice and redress, nonetheless this is what you need to know about tennis star Peng Shuai and why she disappeared.

Peng Shuai is a world ranked tennis player in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), with Wimbledon (2013) and French Open (2014) doubles championship trophies to her name. She is a household name in China and revered as the first national to achieve international tennis stardom.

On 2 November 2021, she posted a 1,600-word open letter on her Chinese Weibo account (like Twitter), for China’s 1.4 billion citizens to read. In it, she accused a retired Chinese official, Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of raping her around three years ago, meaning 2018.

Seventy-five-year-old Zhang is very high-level, having served in the most powerful leadership group, the Politburo Standing Committee, 2012-2017, this being President Xi Jinping’s first term in office, whereupon Zhang retired in 2018.

Her letter was removed by Baba Beijing (my name for China’s leadership/government) and her 500,000-follower Weibo account then shut down. She has since been absent from public view, the WTA is threatening to sever ties with China (a $1 billion market for them) unless Peng is accounted for, while the West’s bloviating Big Lie Propaganda Machine (BLPM) and talking heads are starting to pontificate and make demands.

For Westerners and the #MeToo movement, what Peng did was absolutely normal. Take it public, shout it out to the world. Create a media storm to garner attention.
...
What Peng Shuai did is 180 degrees against these longstanding civilizational traditions. She may very well be telling the truth, but she did it Western style, which means a huge loss of face for the Chinese Nation. She must have known that it would drag in sanctimonious, evangelical Eurangloland (NATO, Five Eyes, EU and Israel), preaching and pointing fingers – now at the whole country. Did she think her national and international celebrity would allow her to snub thousands of years of established mores and rituals?

Peng’s timing was also strangely maladroit. She posted her letter right as the country was getting ready to celebrate a big government meeting, enshrining President Xi as the latest great national leader, along with Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. This brought added loss of face for the whole country and the people.

To be aligned with Chinese customs, and given her privileged status, Peng could have avoided the local level, hired lawyers or on her own made an official complaint straight to several key members of the 3,000-member National People’s Congress (NPC), or the 300-member executive branch Central Committee, which is where contested citizen complaints end up anyway. Given Xi Jinping’s and the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) zealous control of corruption, Zhang Gaoli would have probably had to face the music, come clean if guilty and paid the price.

Posted by: daffyDuct | Nov 20 2021 1:44 utc | 43

The Effing United Effing Nations has this important effort in the midst of all the mayhem in the world!! Too bizarre!!! Who said "The death of one is a national tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic".

"Geneva — The United Nations said on Friday it wants proof of the whereabouts of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, missing ever since she made sexual assault allegations against a former vice-premier. The U.N. Human Rights Office called for a fully-transparent investigation into the former Grand Slam doubles champion's claims against Zhang Gaoli.


"It would be important to have proof of her whereabouts and well-being and we would urge that there be an investigation with full transparency into her allegations of sexual assault," Liz Throssell, a spokeswoman for U.N. rights chief Michelle Bachelet's office, told reporters in Geneva.

"According to available information, Peng, a former world doubles number one, hasn't been heard from publicly since she alleged on social media that she had been sexually assaulted.


"We would stress that it's important to know where she is and her state, know about her well-being. We think it would be important that there's an investigation into her allegations," said Throssell."

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tennis-peng-shuai-china-un-calls-for-proof-whereabouts-well-being/

Posted by: daffyDuct | Nov 20 2021 1:52 utc | 44

The lies and smear campaign against China will end up just like MSM's lies about XJ: Once again, BBC lies about Xin Jiang is caught by egal-eyed observer.

Posted by: lulu | Nov 20 2021 2:06 utc | 45

Thanks Bernard for this timely and excellent deconstruction.

To expand on Borrell's take (@vk 35) if there remains one field in which the West still remains dominant in the world it is without any doubt in its propagandizing an image of reality that is gaining it an advantage over its competitors. Watching China's handling of its communication with the outside world is sometimes painful...

Posted by: laodan | Nov 20 2021 2:15 utc | 46

It'd be best if the Reddit person who did the translation put a screenshot of Peng's original Weibo post so all who can read Chinese can do their own understanding.

Posted by: Surferket | Nov 20 2021 2:24 utc | 47

Ok sorry. I went to the Reddit link and found the original Chinese language post by Peng. Gave it to people who are good at Chinese language to read.

Posted by: Surferket | Nov 20 2021 2:53 utc | 48

@b

This is a very poignant story, and I greatly admire the way you told it. You are such a good storyteller, such a good writer. Many thanks for the story.

I hope the lovers can keep it private. Sorry that she had to learn about discretion through indiscretion, but such is the nature of learning.

~~

As for the tabloids...

Surely it is truly the case in this day and age that we are witnessing the lines being drawn between humans who live human life and automatons who care nothing about human life.

We need a "D.H. Lawrence for World President" movement.

Posted by: Grieved | Nov 20 2021 3:53 utc | 49

@9 Deb - "The most tragic victim of the “me too movement” is genuine feminism."

Yes, agreed. I have seen this point frequently of late, with the rise of the "trans" phenomenon, and I hope that society can discuss it more - and that perhaps the grounded substance of feminism can overcome the ephemeral glamor of transgenderism.

While feminism itself has tended to act with an excess that drove men away from sympathy, the point trying to be made has always been a valuable one.

If the pendulum can stop swinging from one end to the other, somewhere at rest is a profound truth of all our nature, and our relationships with each other, that can be of benefit to all humans.

~~

These are early days. We are still a very primitive species. Yet we perceive the drops of wisdom that do descend on us from the unknown "heavens". So there is much hope that the "Demonstration Effect" of the greater universe can lift us up into adulthood as a species.

Posted by: Grieved | Nov 20 2021 3:59 utc | 50

@50 more...

How did I conflate "me too" with transgender?

Transgender has imperiled the stature of women, which they have struggled to achieve over the decades - it was taken down as easily as if straw, and yet what took it down was itself straw.

This has been a tragedy, and still is, unfolding before us.

Similarly, the "me too" was always straw, according to the law of evidence, and yet that law was swept away by things that might have had substance and yet which only required the weight of straw to overturn the weight of law.

~~

I should have written all of this more elaborately - and I would welcome discussion - but it just seemed to fall into place as such a straightforward position that, across all the flimsy arguments, there is only substance; and there is only reason; and there is only evidence of fact.

And against this, everything straw is only a suicidal ploy:

...because, first they came for the straw, and then they came for the straw, and then they came for the straw...

Posted by: Grieved | Nov 20 2021 4:16 utc | 51

hello b,
You'r the man.
no wonder I suffered a depression when u disappeared some years back !

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Been shouting myself hoarse in MOA for years...
Where'r all these five liars bleeding hearts during the hideous massive rapes on Chinese Indonesians, 1998 ?

Posted by: denk | Nov 20 2021 5:06 utc | 52

Hopefully, Peng Shuai will be placed into protective custody (if she isn't already).

One does not involve WTA and the UN (with the reputations of some pretty important catspaws at stake) over such an elaborate narrative without any substantiating proof, unless steps are taken to make sure that the lady wouldn't be available to debunk it.

Posted by: Sid Victor Cattoni | Nov 20 2021 5:44 utc | 53

I just hope Chinese state officials "stick to their line" behind closed doors, too, and that nobody involved gets trouble. That is no "loss of face" for China but just a very human face. A tragical love story that creates empathy.

Posted by: m | Nov 20 2021 5:57 utc | 54

...
Given Xi Jinping’s and the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) zealous control of corruption, Zhang Gaoli would have probably had to face the music, come clean if guilty and paid the price.
Posted by: daffyDuct | Nov 20 2021 1:44 utc | 43

That may not be correct. My reading of b's narrative is that Zhang Gaoli was having an affair with a luscious young tennis star before he was elevated to High Office, dumped her as soon as he was promoted, and had no contact with her until his term ended. So it looks as though he realised the risk of being caught behaving badly whilst a CPC big wig and decided not to risk staining his own and the CPC's reputation.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Nov 20 2021 6:32 utc | 55

I dunno, b. That email supposedly from the Chinese lady sounds as much like boilerplate dictation as did the statement made by Yulia Skripal the last time she was allowed to appear in public by her English-deep-state kidnappers, a year or so back. Let's see whether, unlike Yulia or her father, Ms. Peng is allowed to appear in public again any time soon.

That said, it's obvious that the US lamestream mediawhores are lying through their teeth about the whole thing, as usual. Spineless political hacks, always at the cringing service of their keepers.

Posted by: Rhisiart Gwilym | Nov 20 2021 8:42 utc | 56

Posted by: ptb | Nov 19 2021 22:45 utc | 36

@33 - that can be relied on to impress European allies, but for the forseeable future, human civilization (Western or not) is completely dependent on the things supplied from East Asia. Wouldn't last a year without. And the threat of the great bombing machine, which used to level cities (and even then still fail to produce victory) has been reduced to proxy action, relying on kids with selfie sticks to act as human shields. The slow change is noticeable.

In case you are reading my words as as an attempt to diminish the rise of the East, then I should further clarify. Of course the East is on the rise. This is precisely why Western aggressive behaviour is on the increase.

Western aggression is certainly not limited to kids with selfie sticks. A cursory look at the state of the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia should dispel this notion.

I am simply saying that careful preparation of the narrative is an essential step for this aggression. Could anyone imagine the war against Iraq (2003 edition) without the preceding artillery barrage of lies, scripted drama and silly memes? Remember the anthrax scare and Powell's little vial moment. Then came the pictures of Saddam's mobile labs. And who could forget the suspense of the saving private Lynch mini series. Now imagine it never happened. Do you think an out of the blue, trillion dollar, decades long operation could have been possible?

My guess is there will be an aggressive push to discourage third party friendliness toward the well defined Eastern enemy. I see a range of operation around a common theme of 'either with us or against us'. Anything from the insistent call for more sacrifice of hesitant players to the full ash and rubble treatment of defectors and lost causes.

Posted by: robin | Nov 20 2021 10:23 utc | 57

Posted by: laodan | Nov 20 2021 2:15 utc | 46

To expand on Borrell's take (@vk 35) if there remains one field in which the West still remains dominant in the world it is without any doubt in its propagandizing an image of reality that is gaining it an advantage over its competitors. Watching China's handling of its communication with the outside world is sometimes painful...

Absolutely. I too find it painful to watch the West run circles around adversaries who don't even appear to recognize the significance of the narrative nor the location of the battlefield. All I see, defence-wise, are misguided, ego-based attempts to manage the narrative on the domestic front. This results in wishful revisionism and baghdadbobism. It is also counterproductive. I'm not necessarily thinking of China here.

We can draw a parallel with Iran's submarine program. These subs are specifically designed for one particular battlefield. They won't be crossing the Atlantic and there will never be typhoon sized subs sniffing around the shallow waters of the Persian Gulf. It wouldn't make sense. Nobody expects the navy to design the subs to please domestic egos or according to cultural preferences. If the citizenry could chose the colour scheme, you could end up with orange subs, and that would be silly.

Posted by: robin | Nov 20 2021 10:31 utc | 58

The fake-liberal MSM got the lab leak story that Sullivan decries mostly RIGHT: i.e. it is a load of malicious, sinophobic Trumpian nonsense with no scientific literature to back it up. This honesty is unusual for the fake-liberal MSM and I can only think that the reason for it is that their knee-jerk Trump Derangement Syndrome 'trumped' their sinophobia on this occasion. The lab leak theory was then repackaged in due course by TPTB as suitable fodder for the manufactured/manipulated/infiltrated US 'alt left' media - where it has remained bubbling away ever since.

Posted by: Cornelius Pipe | Nov 20 2021 12:18 utc | 59

Cornelius Pipe @59

The lab leak theory remains because it is entirely credible. People are just looking at the wrong labs on the wrong side of the planet. Just replace Wuhan Institute of Virology with Fort Detrick and "leak" with "deliberately spread" and you have the real events pegged.

Reality has incredible staying power.

Posted by: William Gruff | Nov 20 2021 14:09 utc | 60

My oh my, did they double down on this stuff:

Photos of missing Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai posted online ESPN

An employee of Chinese state TV has posted photos of missing tennis player Peng Shuai online in a new effort to dispel concern about her disappearance after she accused a senior leader of sexual assault.

The photos appeared Friday on Twitter, which cannot be seen by most internet users in China. The state TV employee, Shen Shiwei, wrote they were on Peng's account on the WeChat message service with the comment, "Happy Weekend."

The ruling Communist Party faces mounting appeals from tennis stars and the sport's professional tour to prove Peng, a three-time Olympian and former No. 1-ranked women's doubles player, is safe and able to speak freely.

Are they seriously directly accusing the CPC itself? Are they insane? Don't these blowhards from ESPN have any sense of honor or self-respect?

Where Is Peng Shuai? And What Is the IOC Going to Do About It? The Nation

So, The Nation already came up with its verdict: the CPC is guilty, it's now only a matter of the IOC deciding on the sentence.

Posted by: vk | Nov 20 2021 14:41 utc | 61

@ Posted by: daffyDuct | Nov 20 2021 1:44 utc | 43

Given Xi Jinping’s and the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) zealous control of corruption, Zhang Gaoli would have probably had to face the music, come clean if guilty and paid the price.

Having an affair is not even a crime, let alone a crime of corruption (which is indeed death penalty in China for high officers).

The episode is not criminal - it's just embarrassing (that's why the tennis player deleted her comments and account and disappeared from the internet; I would do the same if I was her).

Posted by: vk | Nov 20 2021 14:49 utc | 62

Sid Victor Cattoni @ 53
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Have you read the whole translation of Peng Shuai's post that b provided the link? Otherwise, pls take a quick look at my post@40 to see the timeline of what happend between her and Zhang Gaoli.

Or, you can go to this is anti-China website to read Peng Shuai's orignal post in Chinese.


Here is some important social and culture context to understand why Peng Shuai is laying low right now:

1. Peng Shuai would be called a 小(Xiao)三(San) in Chinese parlance, i.e. the thirdy party or the other woman in a marriage.

2. She’d get shit storm all over her if she appears publically after she let everyone know she had an extra-marital affair with a married man twice and at the same time had the audacity to have been dining and socialising with his wife for years.

小(Xiao)三(San) is a woman who knowingly and/or willingly conducts an affair with a married man, who is normally rich and/or in powerful position.

Some of them would publicise the affair on social media so as to force the married man to divorce his wife to get married, others simply brag the what their suggar daddies have bought for them, then there are those who would whine their emotional suffering and humiliation.

China is still very much a traditional society and people hold the family as the sanctity. Any 小(Xiao)三(San) like Peng Shuai, who not only had sex with a married man but also entered into his family to have been dining and entertaining with his wife, would get anti-小(Xiao)三(San) shit tsunami.

In some extreme cases, 小(Xiao)三(San) would get doxxed, threatened and cursed PMs, etc.

Now thanks to NYT, CNN, BBC & Co disinformation, Ms.Peng, a third party of a marriage, becomes the victim and heroin of MeToo and fighter for women's rights.

Can you imagine what NYT, WTA and Reddit users would say if a tennis star XYZ whining publically that she had a long-year extra-marital affair with Alexi Ohanian, while pretending to be a friend with Serena Williams for years?

Posted by: lulu | Nov 20 2021 16:41 utc | 63

Western presstitute: "I can't see her in this satellite picture of China! She disappeared!"

Peng Shuai: "Why didn't you just call me? I'm at home!"

Western presstitute: [crickets]

Posted by: William Gruff | Nov 19 2021 17:58 utc | 19

A very old Soviet military joke. During a break from front duty, a regiment has "salute to heroes" even. The most senior sergeant reads names from the list
Aleksey Pavlovich Aksevov], fallen on the field of glory [sound more natural in the original's]
Slava!! [soldiers]
..... many names ....
X Xich Xev, fallen on the field of glory
single shout: sergeant! I am alive!
Sergeant: you think that just for you we will [make corrections, mazat'] in papers?

impeccable logic:
if X is dead, X is a hero, everything is fine
if X is alive, he is just nobody, a correction for a nobody? Nay.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Nov 20 2021 18:23 utc | 64

Posted by: vk | Nov 20 2021 14:41 utc | 61

Yes, they are insane even after a video was posted yesterday of Peng, her coach, and friends having dinner at a local restaurant:

https://youtu.be/vGC-Mm8ZDu0

Posted by: One Too Many | Nov 20 2021 20:45 utc | 65

VK@62

Having an affair is not even a crime, let alone a crime of corruption (which is indeed death penalty in China for high officers).

That's a ridiculously legalistic interpretation, especially coming from a Marxist. The Party in China (correctly) demands that its members display good moral character. There isn't any of this pettifogging crap about "Hey, but it wasn't illegal!" in China.

Posted by: Herr Ringbone | Nov 21 2021 0:34 utc | 66

@ Posted by: Herr Ringbone | Nov 21 2021 0:34 utc | 67

That's why he (correctly) broke up with her when he was promoted.

Indeed, that's the whole point of contention that triggered the Weibo post. She was mad and sad with him because he stopped talking with her after he was promoted, and only returned contact after he was retired.

Posted by: vk | Nov 21 2021 0:43 utc | 67

Breaking...

Peng Shuai: UN calls for proof of Chinese tennis star's whereabouts; WTA chairman willing to pull out of China

To recall,
International communities demand inquisition into ...
TAM
TIbet
Xinjiang
HK
Peng Xuai...

A pic is worth a thousand words.
Look at the map,
https://medium.com/@bobbyarlan/a-reddit-ama-claiming-to-be-a-uiyghur-quickly-exposes-a-cia-asset-slandering-china-1d667c098b77
Basically the same actors every time...

Whites vs the rest
Always has been, always will be,

BUt not all colored are born equal,

Some are licensed to kill and rape.
As long as you've friends at high places, CUE London/Washington

Exhibit A
India.

Where's this 'international commitiies', WTA, IOC, UN during the pogrom in GUjarat, when many muslim Indians were gang raped ?

Or during the intifada in Manipur,
when naked mothers unfurled their banner in front of the notorious Assam rifles...

Indian soldiers come rape us.

After their daugthers were ganged raped and mutilated.

Or during seventy years of genocide and mass rapes in the NE and Kashmir ?

Where are u mofo ?

Posted by: denk | Nov 21 2021 2:13 utc | 68

Payolamocracy: The eleets have so much money they can pay anyone to do anything, no matter how grotesque.

I shall repeat this!

Posted by: blues | Nov 21 2021 3:18 utc | 69

This is an example of America's Woke Imperialism, which has been especially promoted by the Biden Regime and its propagandists like the New York Times.

Wokeness is not just limited to America's warped domestic politics but will be cynically weaponized as psyops against "enemy nations."

The fact that the Women's ... sorry Womyn's Tennis Association is also making comically arrogant demands of China shows how conniving they are. The USA is likely weaponizing the WTA just as the USA weaponized WADA against Russia over sports doping allegations.

There is not a single issue on this planet that America won't try to manipulate and weaponize as the moral judge and jury of its Rules-Based New World Order.

If the WTA wants to pull out of China over a fake scandal that is being fomented by America for geopolitical purposes, they should go for it. It's the WTA's loss and will blow up in their face.

In general, BLM, #MeToo, and LGBTQ+ are now the new Western Civilizing Mission and non-CIS Gendered Womyn's Burden.

In the not-too-distant future, America will bomb other countries back to the Stone Age for the crime of using incorrect gender pronouns.

Alternative Security Conference: "Woke Imperialism" with Aaron Maté, Katie Halper and Rania Khalek
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HC2f4GuY5iU

Intersectional imperialism: A wholesome menace
https://www.greanvillepost.com/2021/09/03/intersectional-imperialism-a-wholesome-menace/

Posted by: ak74 | Nov 21 2021 4:00 utc | 70

Posted by: blues | Nov 21 2021 3:18 utc | 70
(Payolamocracy)

Cute. Brief. And hilariously accurate.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Nov 21 2021 6:00 utc | 71

Next step in the story: body doubles !

Peng Shuai appears at China tennis event, WTA still concerned (Reuters via Asahi.com)

And the Olympic Games level mental self-gratification.

(global times chief: Hu Xijin 胡锡进 on Twitter)

Posted by: phiw13 | Nov 21 2021 7:05 utc | 72

Oops, sorry, missed some text:

And the Olympic Games level mental self-gratification continuous. the Western righteous people won’t be satisfied until she is safely sitting in the WhiteHouse with Uncle Joe fondling her hair)

Posted by: phiw13 | Nov 21 2021 7:09 utc | 73

Posted by: phiw13 | Nov 21 2021 7:05 utc | 73

Thanks for that. Posted for the doubters on UK Independent in reply to the usual "where is..." etc.

https://www.independent.co.uk/asia/china/peng-shuai-video-china-tennis-b1961474.html#comments-area

"I don't think Chinese people have to present themselves at the beck and call of the UK government, the WTA, or whatabouters here. If Peng Shuai (not Shoui) was photographed holding today's paper they would be saying it's a waxwork or her hitherto unknown twin sister.

But for the record:

Jack Ma was seen on his yacht in Spain last month (Mail online).

Peng Shuai attended a tennis tournament in Beijing today (Reuters):

"BEIJING--Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, whose whereabouts have been a matter of international concern for weeks, attended a tennis tournament in Beijing on Sunday, according to official photos published by the tournament organized by China Open.

Peng can be seen among guests at the Fila Kids Junior Tennis Challenger Finals, dressed in a dark blue jacket and white trousers, according to the pictures published on the event's official WeChat page." "

Posted by: Walt | Nov 21 2021 8:13 utc | 74

The man is 75 years old and cannot get erection for the last 15 years. It's a silly made up story by the media.

Posted by: David | Nov 21 2021 12:37 utc | 75

There is currently a push for a boycott of the winter Olympics in Beijing. Western media are busy to push for an anti-China angle of the games. Their aim is a political boycott so no one 'in good standing' dares to visit them.

On November 2, by timely chance, some well known Chinese sportswoman posted a sad story about the end of her love affair with a once powerful older man on the Chinese social media site Weibo.

Like I mentioned before,
For every important event in China,
Look out for pale faced bearing gift

Some examples,

1989
TAM destabilisation at the eve of Gorbacev state visit

2008
riots in Tibet prior to Beijing Olympic and..
TW election.
[mofo trying to kill two birds with one stone]

2009
Xinjiang bloodbath while Chinese prez attending G12 meeting,

2020
Pre TW election.

HK riots,

Alleged CCP SPY Wang LIqiang given prime time at ABC, '.

Im sent to TW to help the opposition candidate beat Cai Ying wen

The came the 'wu-flu'.

The hitherto immensely popular KMT man eventually lost to Cai.

These are just tip of an iceberg.

PS
wu-flu was a really nasty pos,
designed to usher in..

Economic reset,
Vaccine mandate,
Clobber China's economy,
Re draw the global supply chain sans China,
Last but not least....
To sway TW election.

Big bang for the money.

Posted by: denk | Nov 21 2021 17:12 utc | 76

"And the Olympic Games level mental self-gratification continuous. the Western righteous people won’t be satisfied until she is safely sitting in the WhiteHouse with Uncle Joe fondling her hair)"

Uncle Joe Biden will be *sniffing* Ms. Peng's hair, while he regales her with stories of how he raped Tara Reade years ago and not only got away with it but also was appointed President of the USA--all with the help of the neoliberal wing of the American Oligarchy and its media mouthpieces, who wanted to replaced the serial rapist and pussy-grabber, Donald Trump, with a more respectable rapist like Joe Biden.

The MeToo Manipulators are yet another example of America's (selective) deployment of Identity Politricks and crocodile tears in action.

#BelieveTaraReade

Posted by: ak74 | Nov 21 2021 17:33 utc | 77

Nothing happened sounds like. Maybe a case of western media demonization of Asian male sexuality. This continues I guess.

Posted by: Cathryn Mataga | Nov 21 2021 20:42 utc | 78

Great post, thanks for the information, but I wish Boomers would stop using the word "woke" in this manner of right-wing conceit.

Posted by: Lonkal | Nov 21 2021 20:58 utc | 79

denk 52

Where'r all these five liars bleeding hearts during the hideous massive rapes on Chinese Indonesians, 1998 ?

Simply stated...
The entire 'international communities' went AWOL !

The man implicated in that caper,
gen Prabowo, who's known in Jakarta as
'Washington's fair hair boy', is gunning for the next prez election...
been touring all the major western
democrazies , shopping for WMD.

wEStern democrazies are falling over themselves competing to sell the gen their hardware.

Lockheed Martin ALREAdy clinched a deal supplying F18 to the IAF.

Posted by: denk | Nov 22 2021 3:35 utc | 80

People really need to learn and remember: the mainstream media ALWAYS lies. That's its PURPOSE.

Posted by: figleaf23 | Nov 22 2021 16:23 utc | 81

Superb post as usual - I made a commentary on the whole debacle - of course referencing this article: https://youtu.be/F1BEW4aJf-I

Posted by: Barrie VVeiss | Nov 24 2021 13:17 utc | 82

b.,

Thanks for hosting this important and informative site.

One comment: as a matter of good practice, any link etc. to a translation from a foreign language should wherever possible be accompanied by a link to the text in the original language.

Would a a story about a communication in German or French be posted without checking and linking to the original text?

MoA's highly educated and sophisticated readership will quickly spot and flag any discrepancies, accidental or convenient errors, etc.

The full text of Peng Shuai's original post is (purportedly) appears
here.

Posted by: Another Anon | Nov 25 2021 3:19 utc | 83

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