May 22, 2022

the interview of the tenniswoman in the newspaper l’Equipe is “a gesture of propaganda”, says a sinologist

According to sinologist Marie Holzman, it is “a habit for scholars of China to witness forced confessions.”

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The interview of the Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai published Monday, February 7 in the newspaper The Team is “a gesture of propaganda” of the regime, says sinologist Marie Holzman on franceinfo. With this interview granted (under conditions) to a major foreign media, the Chinese regime “Gives time to himself, he plays on our capacity to forget, which is immense”, explains the specialist in contemporary China.

In early November, Peng Shuai posted a message on a Chinese social network accusing a Communist Party official of rape. The tennis player quickly erased her words and disappeared in stride.

“The fact that Peng Shuai released this information a hundred days before the opening of the Beijing Olympics was a disaster for the Chinese government”, believes Marie Holzman, who argues that “That’s why he reacted with the violence we saw, before backpedaling by showing that Peng Shuai was fine, smiling, in the middle of her teddy bears.”

These images do not surprise Marie Holzman, who recalls that it is a “Habit for China specialists to witness forced confessions”. Many lawyers, journalists and even foreigners who worked in China were forced to make forced confessions in front of Chinese cameras saying “yes, yes, I am guilty and I ask the rest of humanity to stop taking an interest in my fate and leave my private life alone.”

Peng Shuai met on Saturday February 5 in Beijing with the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach. Sinologist Marie Holzman criticizes the organization: “The IOC does not stop compromising itself, it had already done so in Sochi, and there it contravenes all its principles, such as respect for universal values. We must not encourage a dictatorship which is turning into totalitarian fascism, it’s madness to collaborate with them today”, judge Marie Holzman.