The White House weighed in on missing Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai as fellow players, including Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic, voice concerns about her whereabouts after accusing China’s former vice premier of sexual assault.
The United States will stand up for free speech, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki. Peng, two-time Grand Slam doubles champion, has not been seen since she made the allegations against the top Chinese Communist Party official on Nov. 2 via social media.
“We know the [People’s Republic of China] has zero tolerance for criticism and a record of silencing those that speak out,” Psaki said Friday. “We continue to condemn those practices.”