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What the Peng Shuai saga tells us about Beijing's grip on power and desire to crush a #MeToo moment

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By Yan Bennett and John Garrick

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It tells us that some people will go to amazing lengths to paint China in a bad light. I wonder what their motives are...

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Will this be the knife in Baby Ping Ping's juggling act that he finally misses and gets stabbed by it? It doesn't appear to be a controversy that will go away and is in many ways now well beyond Beijing's control. It also doesn't seem to be the sort of problem amenable to Beijing's usual tactics of denial and silencing of critics. Baby Ping Ping cannot silence critics in the west or interfere with their ability to communicate as he can inside China.

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Academic experts who paint their own propaganda as a "saga" and can't even get the name of the political party they are talking about right leave me a bit dubious about their expertise.

Oh, Yan Bennet worked for the US Department of State, huh. Sure there is not any conflict of interest there whatsoever.

Honestly at this point, I just feel terrible for Peng as she is caught in the midst of a propaganda war that she never asked for. The goal posts are constantly being moved and they will never be satisfied. First it was some kind of message. Then pictures, or videos. Next public appearances. All of these have been met but are still apparently not enough. I have even seen people make ridiculous speculation that she was murdered and replaced with a doppleganger.

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It tells us that some people will go to amazing lengths to paint China in a bad light. I wonder what their motives are...

No one is doing that, China is going to great lengths in making itself look very bad to the world and this is yet another example as in many and a very long list geopolitical scandals.

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