Diplomatic Dialogue In the Wake of Chen Guangcheng's Release

Thursday, May 03, 2012

China was host to the one-day Strategic and Economic Dialogue yesterday, in which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner met with their Chinese counterparts to discuss foreign trade, cyber warfare and maritime security.

But the meetings were largely overshadowed by the release of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng from the American embassy, and the uncertainty around the conditions of his release.

Christopher Johnson, the freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a former senior China analyst at the CIA, explains the latest in both events.


Christopher Johnson

Produced by:

Ben Gottlieb

Comments [3]

K Ryan from New York CIty

@Nikos Retsos from Chicago: re your "Sure Chen Guangcheng wants to come to the U.S. He sees other Chinese driving driving Ferraris and Roll Royces..."

"sees"???? I think you're missing an essential property of Chen's essential being.

May. 03 2012 09:11 AM
anna from new york

"Sure Chen Guangcheng wants to come to the U.S. He sees other Chinese driving driving Ferraris and Roll Royces"
Yeah, life is simple. And there aren't Chinese driving Ferraris and Roll Royces in China? Sure.

May. 03 2012 08:07 AM
Nikos Retsos from Chicago

Let's for a moment put the Chen Guangcheng saga in context! I don't see any diplomatic dialogue between our government and Bahrain on human rights activists languishing in prisons, and for Bahrainian doctors convicted to 15 years in prison for treating injured anti-regime protesters! Obviously, Bahrain is our own foster child autocracy, while China is our own global competitor and Communist state. Would Chen Guangcheng have become a global icon in the Western media if he was a Bahraini? Not a chance! Fortunately for us, Chen Guangcheng give us a chance to advertise ourselves as pillars of human rights across the world, and plaster his case over the labyrinth of worse human rights abuses by our allies. Do we fool the world? Not really. The anti-U.S. hostility across the globe tops every other nation, and we own it!

Sure Chen Guangcheng wants to come to the U.S. He sees other Chinese driving driving Ferraris and Roll Royces and he wants to cash in his instant fame and have it too. Our propaganda has elevated him to "lawyer" too, even though he isn't, and his education is probably at the elementary level. But, heck, who cares. He can easily become a dean of Harvard's or Princeton's law schools with CIA's grants, and can easily sign a $ 10 million book deal with a publisher. That is why he wants now to jump on Hillary Clinton's plane and come here to cash in - before the bubbles of his artificial high publicity burst out! Nikos Retsos, retired professor

May. 03 2012 07:52 AM

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