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Editorial

Tennis Player Peng Shuai Confronts the Dictatorship of China

From the French Revolution to the Greek and American uprisings, humanity’s struggle is and was for freedom and dignity.

It is an endless contest, in which many victories were scored – but there were also setbacks, and I fear that the struggle will last as long as human beings inhabit the Earth.

Following the events of January 6 in Washington, a theory developed around the world that the Chinese model is a better mode of governance than that prevailing in the West.

A happening became public a few days ago to remind us of the human cost of dictatorial regimes.

Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai had created a global storm of reactions when she complained that she had been sexually abused by a high-ranking Chinese official. In a post on a website, she claimed that she had a long-term relationship with the then-vice president of China and that it was not consensual when three years ago she was abused and “cried all the time.”

The reaction was so great that many people started demanding the cancellation of the Olympic Games in China.

After that, the tennis player disappeared, and later issued a statement in which she appeared to want to retract her original statement. Of course she was not convincing.

On Sunday, she made a new, more vigorous attempt to take back her accusation. In an interview with a newspaper in Singapore, she said: “First of all, I want to emphasize something that is very important. I have never said that I wrote that anyone sexually assaulted me. I need to emphasize this point very clearly,” implying that everyone misunderstood what she had originally posted.

I do not think there is anyone who believes that she was not forced to make this statement.
This is how the Chinese regime works.

Compare this incident with the ‘Me Too’ movement in the West and draw your own conclusions.

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