Chinese Star Accuses Ex-Official of Sexual Assault

Juliet Song
By Juliet Song
November 3, 2021China in Focus

A sexual assault allegation has shocked China’s internet users. It’s causing waves because the country’s Party officials have rarely been called out by alleged victims for this kind of abuse. And in this case, the accuser is one of China’s biggest sports stars, Peng Shuai. She was the world’s No.1 tennis doubles player in 2014. As for the accused, Zhang Gaoli, he used to be one of China’s most powerful men—the country’s vice premier.

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China’s newly elected Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli attends the news conference in Beijing, China, on March 17, 2013. (Feng Li/Getty Images)
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