Beijing mouthpiece accuses Women

China’s Global Times newspaper editor has accused the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) of ‘coercing’ top tennis player Peng Shuai to ‘support the West’s attack’ on Beijing by suspending tournaments in the country over her disappearance.

This comes after WTA announced “immediate suspension of all tournaments in China” amid concern for Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai.

 

‘WTA is coercing Peng Shuai to support the West’s attack on Chinese system. They are depriving Peng Shuai’s freedom of expression, demanding that her description of her current situation must meet their expectation,’ Hu said on his official Twitter account in a post which cited the WTA’s announcement.

Pro-Chinese government editor, Hu Xijin, has been outspoken on the scandal involving Peng and her accusation of sexual assault by former Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli, despite the relative silence of Beijing and other top officials.

On Thursday, he took to Twitter to accuse the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) of ‘coercing’ top tennis player Peng Shuai to ‘support the West’s attack’ on Beijing.

He wrote: ‘WTA is coercing Peng Shuai to support the West’s attack on Chinese system. They are depriving Peng Shuai’s freedom of expression, demanding that her description of her current situation must meet their expectation.’