Growing Pressure with Chinese Government Begins to Boil

Monday, July 16, 2012

Roughly two months ago, Chinese civil rights activist and law student Chen Guangcheng escaped house arrest and found refuge at the American embassy in Beijing. Shortly thereafter, he and his family were granted visas to travel to New York. For over 10 years, Chen's notorious activism had focused on families, women, and the poor in China. 

When Chen made the decision to leave, the media was there and the growing tensions between the national Chinese government and the provinces were exposed. The exposure since has continued, leaving the country in a vulnerable position to many unanswered questions. 

Jonathan Fenby, former editor of the South China Morning Post and author of "Tiger Head, Snake Tails: China Today," explains these growing tensions and issues.


Jonathan Fenby

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [1]


There is an article today suggests that Chen wasn't under house arrest at the time of his 'escape'. This is the link:

Alternatively, simply Google this article title: "Evidence Suggests That Chen Guangcheng’s Wasn’t Under House Arrest At Time Of ‘Escape’"

Jul. 17 2012 03:26 AM

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