Chen's hospital prison


Dissident Chen Guangcheng remains inside a Beijing hospital amid intense international scrutiny of his situation. In a telephone call to US lawmakers he asked for help getting his family to the US.

Meanwhile top-level talks on trade and strategy are continuing in the Chinese capital - comprehensively overshadowed by the row over Mr Chen. Here's my report:

Mr Chen says he does not believe Chinese assurances he is safe

Damian Grammaticas Article written by Damian Grammaticas Damian Grammaticas China correspondent

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    Comment number 8.

    Why should the US care what China thinks.Once you get past the irrelevant GDP which only tells how much wealth was manufactured on their territory, not how much they kept or how much they invented themselves, China is a weak primitive country that is by and large dirt poor.Its GNI is one eighth that of the US and its GNI per capita is one thirty-second the US.It's only asset is a billion people willing to work for next to nothing so they don't starve and no regulations to protect workers or the environment to add to the cost of manufacturing.It's a toxic waste dump populated by aging slaves

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    Comment number 3.

    As a chinese,after i saw this report ,i am very regret that the so-called "rule of law"is just a ******* joke,It is no doubt that Chen is commiserable but under the background of closer coorperation of China and US .He could be no more than a small chip for US to threaten China in order to get more benefit for their country

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    Comment number 6.

    The cruel brutal corrupt fascit dictatorship that rules China from the local to the national level is only relenting in this case because to do otherwise would jeopardize its more important goal of maintaining its absolute power through economic expansion at any cost. For every example like this where the dictatorship relents, countless tens of thousands are imprisoned, tortured, killed in its Gulag. What the Arab Spring and American revolution shows is that even government run by savages is no match for an large population ready to fight and die for freedom.Eventually China's govt will fall.

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    Comment number 2.

    One those of us who aren't directly tied to this problem can help Mr. Chen is to notify the Chinese embassy in our country that we will not purchase any further products made in their country until Mr. Chen has been allowed to live freely in their country or has left China for somewhere else. And then follow through, notifying local shops and makers of products as to why we are boycotting their products. It shouldn't take long to resolve the problem if enough people were willing to do this.

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    Comment number 5.

    Different countries are at different stages of development. People in Iraq or Philippines certainly have more political rights but they have a worse human rights record overall than China. In my opinion, political rights are only about 20% of overall human rights. To ordinary people in China especially, housing, food, education etc are the most important human rights and they are improved greatly over years.


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