Peng Shuai's assault allegations: Why China's elite political factions matter

(FINANCIAL TIMES) – Zhang Gaoli might have been remembered as a reform-focused cadre who played his part in facilitating China’s rise from poverty and who represented a rejuvenated nation, even holding talks with presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin.

But a sexual assault allegation levelled by tennis star Peng Shuai has embroiled the 75-year-old in an international #MeToo furore and focused attention on the secretive network of alliances at the top echelons of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

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