The Chen Guangcheng problem


US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in the Chinese capital for annual strategic talks. But the US embassy in Beijing is at the centre of a crisis - blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng is believed to be sheltering inside after his dramatic escape from house arrest.

Mr Chen has become a symbol of human rights abuses in China - so can the two sides prevent this issue derailing talks and ties? Here's my report on the issue:

Both the US and China are keeping quiet on Chen Guangcheng

Damian Grammaticas, China correspondent Article written by Damian Grammaticas Damian Grammaticas China correspondent

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    Comment number 1.

    Every country has its own law and constitution , we should respect it . The US always declare there wasn't human rights in China , attacking China's constitution ,have you ever thought about yours? Virtually ,it's als just a powerful voice. What I want to say is not to judge others before you can .

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    Comment number 2.

    "Some charitable environmental groups in Canada are "laundering" funds from offshore donors to obstruct Canada's environmental assessment process, Environment Minister Peter Kent says."

    It is possible Chen is getting some offshore donor money that was to go to buy US missiles for Taiwan and not meant for him to carry on with his activist ways in China or for his escape to the USA.

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    Comment number 3.

    What exactly was Chen Guangcheng guilty of to warrant such a long extra-judicial house arrest?

    What was Chen Guangcheng's daughter guilty of that made the authorities deny her an education?

    What was Chen Guangcheng's family and friends guilty of that gave the authorities the right to harass, berate and arbitrarily detain them?

    This man fought against forced sterilisations and forced late-term abortions, ese are crimes against humanity.

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    Comment number 4.

    Saw an interesting comment. Chen's words of " i want to kiss you" for Mrs Clinton prove that he is indeed blind.

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    Comment number 5.

    I don't believe we have the facts. What we have is feel-good, feel-powerful American propaganda story that has resulted in ALLEGEDLY all Chinese Provinces requesting a US embassy within their confines - so badly do all the dissidents within China want US intervention & assistance.
    Give me a break!.


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