Skip to comments.DEFECTION DENIED VICE PRESIDENTíS BEHIND TURNING AWAY CHINESE DEFECTOR FROM CONSULATE IN CHINA
Posted on 05/01/2012 11:17:36 AM PDT by Hojczyk
The office of Vice President Joe Biden overruled State and Justice Department officials in denying the political asylum request of a senior Chinese communist official last February over fears the high-level defection would upset the U.S. visit of Chinas vice president, according to U.S. officials.
The defector, Wang Lijun, was turned away after 30 hours inside the U.S. Consulate Chengdu and given over to Chinas Ministry of State Security, the political police and intelligence service.
Wang has not been seen since Feb. 7 and remains under investigation. His attempt to flee China set off a major power struggle within the ruling Communist Party and led to the ouster of leftist Politburo member Bo Xilai and the arrest of his wife on murder charges.
New disclosures on the handling of the failed defection come as the Obama administration is facing a new test of its relations with Beijing over another defection, the flight to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing of Chen Guangcheng, a blind human rights activist who is believed to be in hiding there.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was scheduled to leave Monday night for talks with the Chinese in Beijing as part of what is called the Strategic and Economic Dialogue. The Obama administration has sought to downplay Beijings human rights abuses as part of its foreign policy toward China.
According to officials familiar with internal discussions on the Wang case, the rejection of his asylum request may have violated the 1980 U.S. Refugee Act, a law championed by Michael H. Posner, currently assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labor. United Nations human rights conventions on handling threatened refugees also may have been ignored, the officials said.
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If the United States can’t stand for freedom, it stands for nothing.
Doesn’t Obama make *any* decisions in this White House?!
Obama is letting the clown make these decisions? I think not.
But, hiding under a rock is Obama’s trademark.
Biden is responsible for this man’s death and for the loss of intelligence that could have been gleaned from his defection. This administration is comprised of our enemies as evidenced by Biden’s loyalty to the Chicoms over America.
Are we SURE of this and if so what is Biden’s actual role? Why is he overiding anyone on anything? I did not think that was a power of the vp.
Could be wrong.
So he hands this poor slub back to the commies.
Way to go, Joe.
When was the Office of the Vice President put in charge of political asylym (sp)?
Maybe you should ask Elian Gonzalez.
It must be a Democrat thing.
News of Drama in China Consulate Reached Obama -
The msm really doesn’t want to cover this story.
Why didn’t they just shoot the guy and make it easy for him?
Disgusting beyond belief.
Joe Biden—eternal bag man.
How is Vice President Biden in the chain-of-command on this decision?
> Doesnt Obama make *any* decisions in this White House?!
This is taking the War On Freedom to a new LOW.
I thought it was rather interesting that Turbotax Timmy was involved in the negotiations to begin with.
If the occutards wanted something worth protesting, this would have been worthy.