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China Censors Account of Tennis Star’s Affair With Top Ex-Leader

  • Peng Shuai details affair with former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli
  • Communist Party is preparing to hold major political events
Peng Shuai
Peng Shuai

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China has censored any mention of a star tennis player’s purported account of a decade-long affair with former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, a rare scandal involving a senior Communist Party member just days before a crucial meeting.

According to screenshots of a since-deleted post on the Twitter-like Weibo service that circulated on social media, Peng Shuai described a rocky on-again, off-again affair that began a decade ago. The 1,500-character post was largely addressed to Zhang, one of seven members on the supreme Politburo Standing Committee from 2012 to 2017 during President Xi Jinping’s first term in office. Bloomberg hasn’t been able to independently verify the post came from her.