The editor-in-chief of a newspaper affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party says tennis player Peng Shuai will reappear in public soon, amid mounting questions over her apparent disappearance.
Peng has reportedly not been seen in public after a text posted on her social media account earlier this month said that she had previously had an extramarital relationship with former vice premier Zhang Gaoli.
The US government and the UN human rights office have called on the Chinese government to provide proof of her whereabouts and to confirm her safety.
Prominent tennis players around the world are also voicing concern.
Global Times editor-in-chief Hu Xijin wrote on Twitter, “In the past few days, she stayed in her own home freely and she didn’t want to be disturbed. She will show up in public and participate in some activities soon.”
Hu also retweeted photos posted by another journalist from a Chinese state-run media outlet, who said they are Peng’s “latest photos.” It is unclear when the photos were taken.
Chinese officials are apparently trying to dispel concerns through messages from influential journalists amid growing international criticism over this case.