Where in China is Chen Guangcheng?
Who is helping him hide from the authorities after he fled house arrest last week? Is he in American hands in Beijing?
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be stepping into this mess to attend two days of talks in Beijing this week. The Strategic and Economic Dialogue, as this meeting is called is part of the administration’s policy to manage America’s relations with China through regular discussions on a wide spectrum of issues.
Again a meeting in a foreign country is being overshadowed by shenanigans of others. In this case a prostitute is not involved.
“The Chinese government regards foreign criticism of its human rights policies and practices as undue interference in its internal affairs, and it will almost certainly use the occasion of the talks to drive that point home, diplomats in Beijing said. In fact, the Chinese might go forward with the planned talks specifically to have the chance to confront Mrs. Clinton about it.” NYT April 29, 2012
Mr. Chen, 40, became famous because of his strong opposition to forced abortions and sterilizations conducted as part of China’s policy of limiting families to one child per couple. NYT April 29, 2012
The presumptive challenger in next year’s election in the United States of America stated, “Our country must play a strong role in urging reform in China and supporting those fighting for the freedoms we enjoy.”
Why must we always interfere in the affairs of other nations?
President Barack Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser, John O. Brennan was asked about Chen Guangcheng’s whereabouts on “Fox News Sunday,” and he declined to discuss anything. He did acknowledged that “the United States is “working very closely with the individuals involved in this.”
Continuing to meddle in China’s policy he went on to say the administration seeks an appropriate balance when advocating for human rights in strategically important countries like China.
“I think, in all instances, the president tries to balance our commitment to human rights, making sure that the people throughout the world have the ability to express themselves freely and openly,” Mr. Brennan said, “but also that we can continue to carry out our relationships with key countries overseas.” NYT April 29, 2012
- US and China iron out deal over blind activist Chen Guangcheng (telegraph.co.uk)
- How to Handle Chen Guangcheng (brookings.edu)
- Chen Guangcheng: Fears for Chinese activist He Peirong who helped ‘barefoot lawyer’ escape (dailymail.co.uk)