Peng Shuai, China

A top Chinese tennis player makes allegations of sexual coercion against a top Communist official. “Why did you pressure me to have sex with you?” Now I feel like “a walking corpse.” A two-time Grand Slam doubles champion, Peng knows what will happen next: “like an egg cracking against a rock.” Peng disappears. Her social media sites blocked. Billie Jean King and Serena Williams and the entire world start tweeting and retweeting: #WhereisPengShuai. She appears in a few staged videos. She says she is fine. She wants to be left alone. Manipulation. Marketing. Domestic Order. International investment. The tweets go on for a year. They rise and fall like nations. No one can outlast China.

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