Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton spoke to celebrities and supporters of the #MeToo movement on behalf of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, who accused the former Deputy Prime Minister of Beijing for sexual assault in November.
“I don’t know how there is an international female tennis star who claims to have been raped and sexually assaulted during the #MeToo era in 2021. She is now virtually home-held and social. I’m using the media. My account has been erased and somehow that’s an action we should tolerate, “Dutton said. 9 paper In an exclusive interview partially released on January 10th.
Defense Ministers, who are not afraid to directly criticize Beijing’s invasion of the South China Sea and Taiwan, told the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that “otherwise behavior would not change”.
“I found it very noteworthy … when you see the power of the #MeToo movement in Western society,” he added. “We do not accept or want to accept the suggestion that if someone is raped, it will not be dealt with.”
“And so are Uighurs and others, not to mention the plight of tens of thousands of people who are in the same position as being threatened or violated.
“So some of my judgments of being honest about these things are if we want change, and we want China to remain a great power, but we are observing the rule of law. That’s what I want. “.”
Peng Shuai Saga began on November 2 when a tennis star posted an accusation on Chinese social media site Weibo that Chinese Communist Party leader Zhang Gaoli (75) had forced her to have sex. The secret case of the year.
After Peng’s post was immediately removed from the internet, she disappeared from public for about three weeks.
In an interview with Singapore’s Chinese newspaper Lianhe Zaobao, the tennis star reappeared and later denied her accusations, claiming that people had a “misunderstanding” about Weibo’s post.
In a rare response from a major organization, Steve Simon, president of the Women’s Tennis Association, suspended all events in China and Hong Kong in 2022.
“To further protect Peng and many other women around the world, people are more urgent than ever to speak. The WTA will do everything possible to protect the players. “Simon said in a statement.
In contrast, many organizations are hesitant to stir up the dispute with Beijing, given the significant potential of the Chinese market.
For example, in Hollywood, the #MeToo movement is in the spotlight, but at the same time, executives, producers, and actors are careful not to offend the CCP, even on relatively small issues. Many also apologized for recognizing a few things to the Chinese Communist Party.
In May, actor and former wrestler John Cena apologized on Mandarin social media after misrepresenting Taiwan as a country. At stake was the ninth installment of the Fast & Furious series.