The editor of a Chinese Communist Party-affiliated newspaper said tennis player Peng Shuai would reappear in public soon, amid growing questions over her apparent disappearance.
Peng was reportedly not seen in public after a text posted on her social media account earlier this month said she had previously had an extramarital affair with former Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli.
The US government and the UN human rights office have asked the Chinese government to provide evidence of her whereabouts and to confirm her safety.
Prominent tennis players around the world are also expressing concern.
Global Times Editor-in-Chief Hu Xijin wrote on Twitter: “For the past few days, she has stayed at home freely and she didn’t want to be disturbed. She will present herself in public and will soon participate in certain activities. “
Hu also retweeted photos posted by another reporter from Chinese state media, who said they were Peng’s “last photos”. It is not known when the photos were taken.
Chinese authorities are apparently trying to allay concerns through messages from influential journalists amid growing international criticism of the case.