Skip to comments.Did the Obama administration abandon Chen Guangcheng?
Posted on 05/02/2012 9:19:34 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
The story of Chinese democracy activist Chen Guangcheng took a bizarre turn this morning. The dissident escaped house arrest and ended up at the US embassy in Beijing, with an injury to his foot in the escape. The US then announced that they had negotiated safe passage to a hospital with the Chinese government, where Chen could be reunited with his family. However, the AP reported a few minutes ago that the US told him that if he didn't leave, the Beijing government would beat his wife to death ... and now he fears for his life:
Blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng says a U.S. official told him that Chinese authorities threatened to beat his wife to death had be not left the American Embassy.
Speaking by phone from his hospital room in Beijing on Wednesday night, a shaken Chen told The Associated Press that U.S. officials relayed the threat from the Chinese side.
Chen, who fled to the embassy six day ago, left under an agreement in which he would receive medical care, be reunited with his family and allowed to attend university in a safe place. He says he now fears for his safety and wants to leave.
Here was the story earlier today, from LifeNews and an earlier report from the AP:
In a new deal between the United States and China, Chen has left to a local hospital and is reportedly under American protection, as U.S officials have guaranteed his safety. U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke escorted Chen, according to an AP report, to the Chaoyang Hospital and, on the way there, Chen called his lawyer, Li Jinsong, who said Chen told him: Im free. Ive received clear assurances. …
As part of the agreement that ended the fraught, behind-the-scenes standoff, U.S. officials said China agreed to let Mr. Chen receive a medical checkup and be reunited with his family at the hospital; his wife and two children joined him there Wednesday afternoon. He would then be relocated to a safe place in China where he could study at university all demands activists said Mr. Chen had raised.
Clinton, in a statement, said Mr. Chens exit from the embassy reflected his choices and our values and said the U.S. would monitor the assurances Beijing gave. Making these commitments a reality is the next crucial task, she said.
It doesn’t sound as though Chen feels particularly “free” at the moment. Did the Obama administration sell out Chen to the Beijing government? If so, that sends a chilling message to democracy activists and dissidents around the world about American commitment to freedom, and Obama’s own insistence that he would be on the side of freedom-loving activists.
BEIJING (AP) A close friend of Chen Guangcheng says the blind legal activist agreed to stay in China only to protect his family after receiving threats that his wife would be beaten to death if he left the country.
Beijing activist Zeng Jinyan told The Associated Press on Wednesday via Skype that she had just finished talking to Chen, who is in a Beijing hospital with his wife and children
Threw him under the bus and ran him over.
China probably told Obamah that Chen was an abortion survivor.
“Seriously, we’re very sorry. We’d love to let you stay, but you see, we have this election thing coming up and, you know, we have to get ready for all that. We called a ride for you and the tank’s outside now. Sorry again. Maybe some other time then...Here’s a “Forward” button and a nice hat. Maybe somebody you know made them! Bye now!”
Any government that threatens to beat your wife to death will do what they damn well please. The American embassey was part of the threat in that they relayed the information to Chen.
Once upon a time, government officials would resign when leadership went down the wrong path. No longer.
How about telling the ChiComs that Chen and his wife and any kids are leaving, that they have US diplomatic immunity and any reprisals against Chen's extended family will be will be met with severe repercussions for US-China relations?
How much courage would it take to do that?
Apparently more than exists in the Zero WH and the State Dept.
These people make me sick.
Very liberal but basically honest reporter Nick Kristol, after first congratulating the Chinese communists for their “maturity” this morning, started tweeting this stunning betrayal of Chen this morning about five hours ago. Hillary and Obama have fed Chen to the sharks of the PLA. He left the embassy because of threats to his wife and supporters ( those not already in jail).
This is a prime example of the dishonesty and betrayal of decent people everywhere. We can see here where we will be in the near future. All the pieces are in place domestically and Obama has retained his supporters. This administration is certainly Lenin’s “vanguard of professional revolutionaries”.
In a word - YES - they abandoned him - but like you said - Obama makes throwing folks under the bus an art form!!! So disgusted!!!
RE: He left the embassy because of threats to his wife and supporters ( those not already in jail).
Well, what else can the man do? Even if he were to PHYSICALLY be in the USA, the mere thought of his wife and supporters being beaten and tortured would cause him to want to return.... just saying.
RE: How about telling the ChiComs that Chen and his wife and any kids are leaving, that they have US diplomatic immunity and any reprisals against Chen’s extended family will be will be met with severe repercussions for US-China relations?
How much courage would it take to do that?
A question comes to my mind ... WHAT WOULD REAGAN DO?
Would any sane person rely upon an assurance from Obama to protect them (unless they were a far leftist doing exactly what Obama wanted)?
The United States is now in the business of relaying threats from the Communist Chinese government in order to get a human rights activist to cave-in?
Obama supporters must be so proud.
"Kristol" or "Kristof"?
And Nickie is probably *SHOCKED* about this betrayal.
Liberalism truly is a mental disorder.
Of course he had to leave. My point is that the embassy was complicit in the return of Chen to the Chinese communists. We caved rather than letting the Chinese what killing the wife and children would do to relations. We caved to a stronger and dominant government and Hillary lied to retain “face”. Most Americans won’t give a damn either.
“Did the Obama administration abandon Chen Guangcheng?”
Yes they did.
Kristof, the auto correct got me again. At least he admits it when his preconceived bias in favor of Marxists turns out to be misguided. He does it a lot but doesn’t seem to realize his basic ideological error.