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May 14, 2012

London may temper China’s gold medal pride

BEIJING (Reuters) – When Chinese athletes swept to the top of the gold medal table during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the feat was accompanied by a wave of national pride, the culmination of China’s “100 year dream” to host the world’s most prestigious sports event.

Whether China can repeat that feat at this year’s London Games will surely be watched closely by all. But cooler heads may prevail at home if that success is not repeated as China has been buoyed by the country’s other achievements since hosting the Games, such as its bounding economy.

May 14, 2012

Olympics-London may temper China’s gold medal pride

BEIJING, May 14 (Reuters) – When Chinese athletes swept to
the top of the gold medal table during the 2008 Beijing
Olympics, the feat was accompanied by a wave of national pride,
the culmination of China’s “100 year dream” to host the world’s
most prestigious sports event.

Whether China can repeat that feat at this year’s London
Games will surely be watched closely by all. But cooler heads
may prevail at home if that success is not repeated as China has
been buoyed by the country’s other achievements since hosting
the Games, such as its bounding economy.

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 2, 2012

Rights defender Chen a thorn in China’s side

BEIJING (Reuters) – Blind Chinese rights defender Chen Guangcheng has never been one to give up without a fight.

Robbed of his sight as a child, the rural-born Chen taught himself law and used his knowledge with gusto, drawing international attention in 2005 after accusing officials of enforcing late-term abortions and sterilizations.

May 2, 2012

China denounces U.S. as dissident Chen leaves embassy

BEIJING, May 2 (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.

Apr 29, 2012

Chinese play cat and mouse with censor to discuss dissident escape

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese played cat and mouse with the censors on the popular Twitter-like microblog service Weibo on Sunday to express support for escaped blind dissident lawyer Chen Guangcheng, while China maintained its silence on what has happened to him.

Neither China nor the United States has commented on whether Chen has sought refuge in the U.S. Embassy, as activists and one diplomat contend, in a drama that threatens to overshadow a two-day Sino-U.S. meeting in Beijing from Thursday, though both sides say the meeting will proceed as scheduled.

Apr 29, 2012

Blind activist scaled wall in great escape from China security apparatus

HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) – Inside a dilapidated house in China’s rural Shandong province, Chen Guangcheng feigned illness, lying on his bed for extended periods so that his guards would be lulled into complacency, activists said. Then he made his move, scaled a wall and slipped out to freedom.

It was a disciplined deception that allowed the blind Chinese activist to outwit his guards in an escape from house arrest that now threatens diplomatic ties between China and the United States, human rights campaigners involved in the getaway said.

Apr 28, 2012

Rights defender thorn in China’s side

BEIJING (Reuters) – Blind Chinese rights defender Chen Guangcheng has never been one to give up without a fight.

Robbed of his sight as a child, the rural-born Chen taught himself law and used his knowledge with gusto, drawing international attention in 2005 after accusing officials of enforcing late-term abortions and sterilizations.

Apr 27, 2012

Blind China activist makes mystery “escape”

BEIJING (Reuters) – Blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng, one of the China’s most prominent human rights advocates, has escaped from home imprisonment, activists said on Friday, but uncertainty over his whereabouts and fears about his health have worried supporters.

Chen, a self-schooled legal advocate who campaigned against forced abortions, had been restricted to his village home in Linyi in eastern Shandong province since September 2010 when he was released from jail.

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      "I started working at Reuters in 2002 as an equities reporter in Shanghai, before moving to Beijing in 2005 to work on the general news and politics file. My primary areas of coverage are China's relations with Southeast Asia and Taiwan, the development of China's military, and ethnic minority issues in China."
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