Peng Shuai has since been seen at a number of events at the Beijing Winter Games, including at the freestyle skiing event where Eileen Gu (谷爱凌 Gǔ Àilíng) won gold on Tuesday, per ESPN and Reuters. Peng sat next to IOC president Thomas Bach in a black knit hat stitched with an Olympic rings logo and a black coat embellished with the Chinese flag.
- Peng also had a private meeting with Bach over the weekend, according to a statement released by the IOC. The statement did not address her sexual assault accusation, though it did mention her attendance at Games events, per the New York Times.
- When told about Peng Shuai’s attendance, Gu said she was “really grateful that she’s happy and healthy and out there doing her thing again,” Reuters reports.
The takeaway: Beijing’s multiple efforts to assuage the public and assure Peng Shuai’s safety have fallen flat, as critics and activists continue to cast doubt on her ability to speak and move freely. Many of their fears stem from the bleak reminder of China’s official resistance to the #MeToo movement and reputation for punishing those who choose to dissent.
- Translation of Peng Shuai’s original social media post / AP
- Full translation of Peng Shuai’s Weibo post and timeline of events / What’s on Weibo
- China’s #MeToo movement: A year of many disappointments and little progress / SupChina 2022 Red Paper