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The disappearance of a Chinese tennis star

Linda Jaivin on what happened to one of China’s biggest sports stars.

Earlier this month, Peng Shuai, one of China’s most successful tennis stars posted a statement on social media, detailing allegations of sexual harrassment levelled against a powerful Chinese politician. 

Half an hour later, the post, and her entire, feed disappeared. 

Then she did too. 

Today, Linda Jaivin on what happened to one of China’s biggest sports stars.

 

Guest: Writer and author of The Shortest History of China, Linda Jaivin.

 
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