Wang Xiangwei
Wang Xiangwei

SCMP Columnist

China Briefing by Wang Xiangwei

To protect one retired leader, China’s bungling censors turned the Peng Shuai mess into a major incident damaging the reputation of the whole country

  • Chinese bureaucrats’ propensity to cover up and their foolish decision to protect the retired ex-vice-premier Zhang Gaoli have turned the scandal over the tennis star into an international incident
  • The high-handed, top-down approach of censorship and coercion, which works so well at home, is futile on the world stage. It has only given ammunition to those calling for a boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics