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China Activist’s Future Unclear After He Exits U.S. Embassy

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by YankeeFan, May 2, 2012.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Pretty wild story. The blind, Chinese lawyer/activist who escaped house arrest, and was protected by the US Embassy in Beijing, left the Embassy, just as Hillary Clinton and Tim Geithner arrived for talks with Chinese leaders.

    He was said to have left of his own will, after US negotiators arranged for him to be reunited with his wife and kids and resettled to a new part of China.

    It was said that he would not face harassment, and would be free to study law. He reportedly wanted to stay in China, did not ask for asylum, and told Secretary Clinton that he wanted to "kiss her".

    It looked like a big diplomatic achievement.

    But, now he's telling a different story:

  2. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    i am concerned
  3. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    It's been the top story on the New York Times for a couple of days.

    It's filled with international intrigue. Interesting story, whether or not you are "concerned".
  4. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Wonder how many members of the Chinese security service are breaking rocks somewhere after letting a blind guy escape.
  5. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Would not want to be the guy in charge of that detail.
  6. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    Like it or not, the Western world does not have the leverage to force China to shape up its human rights record. They could shoot this guy in a public square tomorrow, and all the Western world could do is say how sad it was and encourage China to do better.

    That's all Britain did when China executed a mentally ill British citizen for drug smuggling. Hasn't stopped us kissing their ass in pursuit of trade.

    Seriously. They have a billion and a half people and make half our stuff. The hell are we gonna do to them?
  7. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    Story changes.


    And changes again.

  8. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    The Times reporting from China the last month has been incredible. The best two ongoing stories in the news are coming from there, and the Times is killing it:

  9. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    So, do we somehow negotiate with the Chinese so that this guy and his family can leave the country?

  10. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    The shameless ass-kissing we do for these thugs has been reprehensible over four decades and multiple administrations from both parties. And every time we tuck our tail between our legs because it is "too hard." And it keeps getting harder every time we ignore it. What if we had swallowed hard and stood for what was right in Pappy Bush's day.

    They own us. Honestly we may as well strike the colors because we can't or won't stand up to them.
  11. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    His future is about as clear as was this guy's:


    Fuck China.
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  12. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    It is totally in the interests of China's government to let Chen head to the U.S. ASAP. He will become instantly forgotten in his country and, I might add, in this one. It discredits him and makes them look good at the same time.
    But like governments everywhere, and particularly like authoritarian governments everywhere, pretending you never made a mistake in the first place is far more important than fixing the mistake. And it's reasonably apparent there's more than one take on what to do at the highest levels of the government.
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