Chinese Dissident Chen Guangcheng Now Wants to Leave the Country

Thursday, May 03, 2012

A U.S. State Department spokeswoman confirms this morning that activist Chen Guangcheng wants to leave China with his family. The decision comes after a week of diplomatic wrangling over the fate of the blind activist who had escaped house arrest and fled to Beijing.

It was believed that Chen's security was confirmed after he was released from the embassy in Beijing. But there have been conflicting reports about how his family are being treated during the negotiations.

Our partner the BBC is reporting that the dissident has asked to leave China on the same plane as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who is in Beijing for high level talks. Joining us is Mickey Bristow, Beijing Correspondent for the BBC.


Michael Bristow

Comments [2]

Ed from Larchmont

It surprises me that Mr. Chen (great that he protests the one-child policy!!) thought that he really would be protected as the Chinese government said he would.

May. 03 2012 08:34 AM
anna from new york

I don't worry about Chen. He's safely under the bus. It's a little crowded there, but sooooo comfortable.
I am pondering now if governing by ... throwing (next, next, next) is the best and the brightest.
Speaking of wishful governing .... Why can't rulers of the world be just nice to Obama. After all, doesn't he just deserve it - he smiles, he uses beautiful words, he shake hands firmly ... In other words, he does what American electorate elected him to do. Why, why, why?

May. 03 2012 07:33 AM

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