Pressure over China’s human rights abuses mounts ahead of Beijing Olympics

Posted on AllSides November 26th, 2021
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Tennis star Peng Shuai is an unlikely symbol of Chinese government repression. Like many Chinese celebrities, the 35-year-old’s social media profile is peppered with emoji of the national flag and pictures from Chinese Communist Party events.

“The rise of the motherland is inspiring,” she wrote on the microblog Weibo in 2018.

Yet Peng’s bombshell allegation of sexual abuse by former Chinese vice premier Zhang Gaoli, 75, earlier this month has galvanized calls to boycott the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics over alleged human rights abuses in China. Beijing has slammed the campaign as...

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