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May 4, 2012

China says blind dissident can apply to study abroad

BEIJING/WASHINGTON, May 4 (Reuters) – China said on Friday
blind dissident Chen Guangcheng could apply to study abroad,
suggesting an end may be near to a diplomatic crisis that has
soured relations between Beijing and Washington.

But some sounded a note of caution over expectations of any
quick resolution to an issue that is bound to be contentious for
China’s leadership, which may fear that being soft on Chen could
unleash more dangerous challenges to Communist Party rule.

May 3, 2012

China dissident was “prepared to spend years” in embassy

BEIJING (Reuters) – Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng was prepared to spend years in the U.S. Embassy if necessary as he weighed his next move, U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke said on Thursday.

Chen, one of China’s best-known human rights icons, grabbed world headlines with his dramatic flight from 19 months of house arrest, reaching the U.S. Embassy complex in Beijing last Thursday less than a week before annual meetings between senior Chinese and U.S. leaders.

May 3, 2012

Chinese dissident seeks exile, strains US-China ties

BEIJING, May 3 (Reuters) – Blind Chinese dissident Chen
Guangcheng appealed on Thursday for asylum in the United States,
throwing into doubt an agreement used to coax him out of hiding
in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and fanning U.S.-China tensions
at a sensitive time.

The standoff appears particularly troublesome for the Obama
administration, with Chen saying he now fears for his and his
family’s safety if he stays in China, as was planned under the
deal that Washington called a good outcome for the dissident.

May 3, 2012

Clinton urges China to help on Iran, North Korea

BEIJING (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged China on Thursday to help defuse tension over Iran, North Korea and other global flashpoints, seeking to salvage talks that have been overwhelmed by negotiations over a dissident.

In her opening remarks to the two-day U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, Clinton pressed China on human rights but avoided mention of Chen Guangcheng, a blind rights activist who sought protection in the U.S. embassy until he left under a deal to stay in China – a deal he later said he regretted.

May 3, 2012

China-US deal over dissident sours, Chen fears for life

BEIJING (Reuters) – Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng wants to leave for the United States rather than stay in China, saying his safety cannot be assured under a U.S.-China deal that had persuaded him to give up refuge in the U.S. embassy in Beijing.

Chen left the embassy on Wednesday, where he had taken refuge for six days after escaping house arrest, appearing to be satisfied with a diplomatic solution which would have allowed him and his family to remain in China in better circumstances.

May 2, 2012

Fearful China dissident wants to leave country-reports

BEIJING, May 2 (Reuters) – Blind Chinese dissident Chen
Guangcheng told journalists he feared for his life and wanted to
leave China on Wednesday, throwing into chaos an agreement
between the United States and China under which he would have
remained in the country.

Guangcheng earlier left the U.S. Embassy in Beijing after a
six-day stay after securing guarantees that, according to U.S.
officials, would have allowed him to relocate within the country
in safety with his family and pursue his studies.

May 2, 2012

China dissident afraid, now wants to leave country-reports

BEIJING, May 2 (Reuters) – Blind Chinese dissident Chen
Guangcheng left the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on Wednesday after
securing guarantees that he could live in safety with his family
in China, but he quickly appeared to have second thoughts.

Under a deal described by U.S. officials, China committed to
allow Chen to be relocated within the country along with his
family and to study at a university, an outcome that would have
kept him a pivotal figure in China-U.S. relations.

May 2, 2012

China denounces U.S. as dissident Chen leaves embassy

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng left the U.S. Embassy on Wednesday in Beijing “of his own volition” after being there for six days, state media said on Wednesday, as China denounced the United States for interfering in its internal affairs.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in China earlier in the day for top-level talks that risk being upstaged by the drama over Chen whose flight to the U.S. Embassy had not been confirmed by either China or the United States until now.

May 2, 2012

Chinese dissident Chen leaves U.S. Embassy: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng left the U.S. Embassy on Wednesday in Beijing “of his own volition” after being there for six days, state media said on Wednesday, as China denounced the United States for interfering in its internal affairs.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in China earlier in the day for top-level talks that risk being upstaged by the drama over Chen whose flight to the U.S. Embassy had not been confirmed by either China or the United States until now.

May 2, 2012

Clinton confronts dissident case ahead of China talks

BEIJING, May 2 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton arrived in China on Wednesday for top-level talks that
risk being upstaged by the fate of a blind dissident whose
supporters say is under U.S. protection in Beijing after
escaping from detention.

Washington has not even commented on the whereabouts of the
dissident, legal activist Chen Guangcheng, whose plight has
overshadowed the Strategic and Economic Dialogue due to begin on
Thursday. The United States hopes to use the talks to bring
greater Chinese cooperation on trade as well over Iran, Syria,
North Korea and other international disputes.