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Blind Chinese Dissident Leaves U.S. Embassy for Medical Treatment
New York Times ^ | May 2, 2012 | JANE PERLEZ

Posted on 05/02/2012 6:26:37 AM PDT by Hojczyk

Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese dissident who fled house arrest last month in a dramatic escape from security forces, left the American Embassy in Beijing on Wednesday after securing assurances from the Chinese government that he would remain safe, American officials said in the first account of his diplomatically tense six-day stay there.

The officials described details of the negotiations between both governments and Mr. Chen as well as a telephone call to the dissident from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton after he left the embassy compound for treatment at a medical facility here.

Mrs. Clinton said in a statement that she was “pleased that we were able to facilitate Chen Guangcheng’s stay and departure from the U.S. Embassy in a way that reflected his choices and our values. I was glad to have the chance to speak with him today and to congratulate him on being reunited with his wife and children.”

“Mr. Chen has a number of understandings with the Chinese government about his future, including the opportunity to pursue higher education in a safe environment,” she added. “Making these commitments a reality is the next crucial task.”

Mr. Chen entered the American Embassy six days ago with the assistance of American officials because of the “exceptional circumstances, including his disabilities,” a senior American official told American reporters traveling with Mrs. Clinton. “On humanitarian grounds we assisted him and allowed him to remain on a temporary basis,” the official said.

Mr. Chen, a lawyer who had campaigned against forced abortions and sterilizations conducted as part of China’s policy of limiting families to one child, suffered an injury to his foot during his escape from his house in Shandong province last week and was walking with the help of a crutch, the official said.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: blindmartyr; blindrevolutionary; commies; communists

1 posted on 05/02/2012 6:26:44 AM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

He’s dead Jim.


2 posted on 05/02/2012 6:49:06 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: FreeAtlanta

Probably not. The higher-ups have bigger fish to fry right now, containing the Bo Xilai scandal and searching out just how far his tentacles reached into the Party. Fortunately for him, this guy is at this moment only a relatively minor annoyance.


3 posted on 05/02/2012 6:54:33 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: FreeAtlanta

I’d give him six months...at best.


4 posted on 05/02/2012 7:05:04 AM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Hojczyk

The State Department figured he couldn’t see them blink.


5 posted on 05/02/2012 7:06:18 AM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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To: FreeAtlanta

RE” after securing assurances from the Chinese government that he would remain safe,

And how reliable and trustworthy are the Chicoms when they make promises like this?


6 posted on 05/02/2012 7:16:59 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Hojczyk

Bull sh!t face saving on both sides. Liberal but honest Nick Kristal started out complimenting the communist’s maturity but, through his and others’ sources, now reports that severe threats to Chen’s family forced him out. A typical purge of Chen’s supporters is underway and Chen and family are firmly in Chinese communist custody. All with American compliance and cooperation.

The Chinese people are so screwed and Obama is the PLA’s willing helper. Look there to see our future.


7 posted on 05/02/2012 7:30:25 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Hojczyk

“Mrs. Clinton said in a statement that she was “pleased that we were able to facilitate Chen Guangcheng’s stay and departure from the U.S. Embassy in a way that reflected his choices and our values. I was glad to have the chance to speak with him today and to congratulate him on being reunited with his wife and children.”

This BS should lead every American newscast. Yet another Obama victory over decency, morality and freedom. America’s “vanguard of professional revolutionaries” is back in lock step with their Chinese comrades.


8 posted on 05/02/2012 7:36:18 AM PDT by JimSEA
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