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This week in Tortoise: China’s missing tennis player

This week in Tortoise: China’s missing tennis player

In November last year, Peng Shuai, one of China’s top tennis players, took to social media to accuse Zhang Gaoli, the former number three in the Chinese Communist Party and one of the most powerful men in the country, of sexually abusing her. Soon, both she – and her post – had disappeared. In this week’s episode of the Slow Newscast, Poppy Sebag-Montefiore investigates the case of China’s missing tennis player – her disappearance and the silencing of China’s #MeToo movement. 

Sensemaker today examines the UK political crisis engulfing Boris Johnson. In particular, we’ll look to understand the coming Sue Gray report on the Downing Street parties. What is the question she is looking to answer? Who has she questioned? What does she report and what does she redact? (You can also find everything we’ve published so far as part of our investigation into the PM’s commuting to Chequers here.)

This week’s ThinkIns: 

  • The history of the British Empire is increasingly divisive, but also remarkably unknown. In particular, Britain’s part in the slave trade is barely taught and little understood. Tonight at 6.30pm London time, we’ll be considering whether we’re overdue a reckoning with that past – and considering White Debt and the case for British reparations. 
  • Tomorrow at 1pm we’ll be asking if everything we’ve learned in economics is suddenly wrong.
  •  Is Labour up to the job? Tomorrow at 6.30pm, we’ll be discussing Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner’s fractious relationship and whether Labour can govern.
  • The rate of global vaccine rollout should shame us all. At our Open News meeting at 6.30pm on Wednesday, Gayle Smith, who’s just finished as the US State Department’s Coordinator for Global Covid Response and Health Security, is going to join us to talk about how, even if, we can get better global leadership on health. The Tortoise campaign on #TheArmsRace continues; it’s going to be a long one.
  • And on Friday at 1pm we’ll be asking if hybrid working is worse for women.

Have a very good week. 


James Harding
Editor & co-founder