Much of the world is aware that Chinese tennis superstar Peng Shuai recently disappeared after publicly accusing a Chinese Communist Party official of sexual assault.
Well, Shuai has resurfaced in several public appearances, including one at a teenage tennis tournament and another at a restaurant.
That account is run by a mouthpiece of Chinese state-run media, so take it with a grain of salt. Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Chairman Steve Simon certainly is:
"I am glad to see the videos released by China state-run media that appear to show Peng Shuai at a restaurant in Beijing. While it is positive to see her, it remains unclear if she is free and able to make decisions and take actions on her own, without coercion or external interference. This video alone is insufficient. As I have stated from the beginning, I remain concerned about Peng Shuai's health and safety and that the allegation of sexual assault is being censored and swept under the rug. I have been clear about what needs to happen and our relationship with China is at a crossroads."
Boom. The number of public leaders willing to stand up to China is vanishingly small. Good for the WTA for doing so, and let's hope some good comes out of it.