Peng Shuai: White House calls for proof of missing tennis player’s safety

Sep 2, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Peng Shuai (CHN) celebrates after recording match point against Belinda Bencic (SUI) on day nine of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

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The White House has joined the call for the Chinese government to provide “independent, verifiable proof” of missing tennis star Peng Shuai’s whereabouts and her safety, press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday.

“We join in the calls for PRC authorities to provide independent and verifiable proof of her whereabouts and that she is safe,” Psaki told reporters. “We know the PRC has zero tolerance for criticism and a record of silencing those that speak out and we continue to condemn those practices.”


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