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 Article written by Damian Grammaticas Damian Grammaticas China correspondent

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    Comment number 14.

    To Sean:
    You are too sharp on that matter. You know, the lawyers ususally don't work for their clients in China. They work for the state. They are the ones who will stab you in the back.

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    Comment number 13.

    Mr. Obama has lost the votes of any American who truly believes in the spread of human rights. It is a sad day when America hands a blind man over for an almost certain life in prison and fear simply because he had the courage to speak without calling for violence or revolution.
    The President's reactions to democratic uprisings in the middle-east and political prisoners in the far-east say more about his ideals and values than any campaign slogan.

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    Comment number 12.

    "A close friend of Mr Chen, Zeng Jinyan ... said ... He said, 'please help me'."

    "AP quoted Mr Chen as appealing to the US to "help my family and me leave [China] safely"."

    "Mr Chen's lawyer, Li Jinsong, ... said "Mr Chen was "very happy and wants to hug all his friends ... he now had "true freedom", his rights were now protected by the national law and he was "a free citizen""
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    Is Mr Chen's lawyer working for Mr Chen?

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    Comment number 11.

    Free law school anywhere in China is never as a good of a deal as living in America penniless but famous for being a talking head for free China.

    Go Chen go and don't ever return or go back.

    You cannot go to Canada unless you learn to speak English and French.

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    Comment number 10.

    @myhammers So if the local police beats up your family, that's OK because the US killed native americans 200 years ago right? And if China kills Tibetans, that's OK because Germany executed millions of Jews 70 years ago? What is this some catch-up-on-atrocities game? What astoundingly poor logic. I sincerely hope you don't work in government or economics.

    And for the record, Mr. Chen went to the US embassy, not the Canadian or Danish or Mexican embassy. I suppose the nationalists think this blind man was under the evil influence of foreign interference.

 

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