Texas pastor drives support for blind Chinese dissident Chen

May 3, 2012

(Bob Fu of the Texas-based religious and human rights group ChinaAid Association Inc poses in Midland, Texas April 30, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Baltimore)

Only a few hours after blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng left his sanctuary in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the United States’ declared it had won concessions over his future from the Chinese government, a soft-spoken 44-year-old West Texas pastor was questioning the official version of events.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Chen, who had escaped house arrest in a village in Shandong province before making his way to the Chinese capital last week, had “a number of understandings with the Chinese government about his future, including the opportunity to pursue higher education in a safe environment” inside China. Chinese state media said he had left the embassy “of his own volition.”

Pastor Bob Fu, though, issued a statement quickly challenging the official story. It said “relevant reports show unfortunately the US side ‘has abandoned Mr Chen,’” and that he had reluctantly left the embassy because of threats to his family by the Chinese government.

Soon, Chen was confirming Fu’s concerns in a number of interviews with Western media organizations. Chen told Reuters in a phone interview from a Beijing hospital that he wants to leave for the United States rather than stay in China because his safety cannot be assured under the deal.

For Fu, who said he knew about the deal 15 hours in advance, it wasn’t the first time in the past week that he has been one of the few sources of information on what has been happening to Chen, whose case has threatened to badly damage relations between the United States and China.

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i like to ask mr. fu a genuine question. will he open his home and pay expense for millions of blind and disabled chinese in china? there’s enough human suffering in US than try to reach out his tenacle in far away place. doesn’t mr. fu care about those being evicted from their foreclosed home right in his neigborhood at all because of greed banking institution and HUD misfits? mr. fu, as God’s servant stay within your territory and tend to your flock with spiritual food. i’m sure some of your sheeps need support as much as your thought on this blind man. as the Bible mentions: poors you will have always-spiritual poor. good intention but not God’s will.

Posted by shuichun | Report as abusive

God bless pastor fu standing up for basic civil rights that chinese want.God given rights that a communist county that does not allow is worth fighting! continue dr. chen your quest. we will all be praying for you and your family!

Posted by duke207 | Report as abusive