The Women's Tennis Association is refusing to play along with the International Olympic Committee's pathetic prostration before communist China.

The WTA is immediately suspending tournaments on Chinese territory. In a statement on Wednesday, WTA chief Steve Simon explained, "In good conscience, I don’t see how I can ask our athletes to compete when Peng Shuai is not allowed to communicate freely and has seemingly been pressured to contradict her allegation of sexual assault."

A tennis player with an impressive doubles record, Peng remains largely incommunicado in China. Peng was "disappeared" for three weeks following a Nov. 2 post to the Chinese social media platform Weibo. In that post, she accused former Chinese Communist Party Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of forcing her into a sexual relationship. The post was quickly censored, and Peng was forced into silence.

Since then, however, the Communist Party has engaged in a twisted public relations effort to suggest that Peng is simply resting with her family and doesn't want to be disturbed. IOC President Thomas Bach has enabled this conspiracy, recently engaging in a video call with a clearly intimidated Peng. Bach then used that call to suggest that Peng was fine and no one need worry about her situation. This fits with Bach's happy prostituting of himself to China's effort to ensure the 2022 Winter Olympic games proceed without controversy. China is increasingly concerned that Western powers may pursue a diplomatic boycott of the Olympics in protest of the Uyghur genocide.

Fortunately, the WTA is willing to show greater courage. And it's courage with a cost. As the BBC reports, "China hosted nine tournaments in the 2019 season, including the season-ending WTA Finals, with a total of $30.4m (£22.6m) in prize money."

The U.S. business community should take note of the WTA's fine example. After all, China was pushing major U.S. companies to "speak out" on Wednesday against calls for a diplomatic boycott of the Olympics. A Chinese vice premier also pushed the businesses to "encourage the US government to pursue a rational and pragmatic policy towards China, stop fighting trade wars, industrial wars, and technological wars, and stop creating values, ideologies, and geopolitical confrontations and conflicts." Translation: Make America do whatever we want, again. The official warned that U.S. corporate earnings would suffer if they didn't do his bidding.

Unfortunately, we're unlikely to see any WTA-style courage. U.S. giants such as Mars (the CEO of which is an activist on the slightly easier PR issue of climate change), Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Hewlett-Packard, Honeywell, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Qualcomm, and Walmart have previously shown that greed comes before genocide. Coca-Cola is even a 2022 Olympics sponsor!