TThe Chinese Communist Party gets away with murder. Literally: the death toll since taking power in 1949 has reached tens of millions. Formal amnesia and lies compound the crimes. But the authorities’ recent attempt to censor allegations of sexual assault on a tennis star has backfired. This incident underscores the regime’s fragility, the inefficiency of its tactics, and the effectiveness of international pressure – if we choose to exercise it.
Bing Shuai, a world double number 1 in 2014, is one of the most successful tennis players of all time in mainland China. A post she posted on her blog on November 2 about her treatment by Zhang Gaoli, one of the country’s top officials, was poignant and explosive at the same time. “I was very scared. .