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.
RE: We caved to a stronger and dominant government
WHAT? stronger and dominant? When did that happen?
The Chinese are our bankers. We owe them over $1 trillion. They call the tune and we dance to it. There is no way we would allow Chen to stay in the Embassy given that relationship.
The Chinese have passed us, at least in the minds of the current administration. We don’t want to make our banker mad. What else do you call this. What am I talking about? Chen is just a chink, why should we care what happens to him?
Since that man left office this nation has deteriorated in geometric proportions. Washington is a cesspool & this cancer is spreading throughout the country. Each hour another freedom lost, another capitulation to the dark side, Christianity frowned on, Islam rewarded with Sharia law in parts. No jobs, more debt, with elites stealing by fiat currency & entrenched by public school indoctrination & media. Instead of a shining city on the hill we got the present with no effort to change it.
This is what communism always progresses to, terror and even brutal killing of dissidents and their families. It will happen here if we don’t overthrow communism at any cost.
shame on obama and clinton for abandoning this man who sought shelter in what is known throughout china as “the only safe place in beijing.” to turn out a blind man who went through hell to reach the embassy... back to the chicom thugs. so much for the beacon of light.