Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng with his wife and son, Chen

Kerui in 2005. In a YouTube video [watch below], Chen expressed his

fear that Chinese authorities will take 'crazed revenge' on his family

after his escape from house arrest on Sunday .



Chen Guangcheng ‘Deluded’ by Western Media Attention (Global Times, People’s Republic of China)


Was the escape of China’s blind dissident Chen Guangcheng from house arrest to the U.S. Embassy a failed attempt by a discredited man to enlist the help of a foreign power? This editorial from China’s government mouthpiece, the Global Times, not only seeks to diminish Mr. Chen’s significance as a global human rights champion, but hopes to persuade readers that seeking any kind of help or security from the U.S. or the West is futile.




May 2, 2012


People’s Republic of China - Global Times – Original Article (English)

Chen Guangcheng: A self-schooled legal activist, Chen is reknowned for exposing human rights abuses under China's one-child policy, and accuses Shandong Province officials of forcing 7,000 women into having abortions or be sterilized.


WEB VIDEO: Chen Guangcheng issues an impassioned plea to Chinese authorities after his escape from house arrest and before making his way to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Apr. 28, 00:15:10RealVideo

News that Chen Guangcheng, the blind activist from Shandong Province, has entered the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and may seek asylum is making the rounds in U.S. and European media. The question was even raised during a press conference with U.S. President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in Washington, though Obama declined to comment on the case.


According to Western media, Chen is a hot potato for Chinese authorities. But now it is Washington that he is making uncomfortable. Chen, unlike other China dissidents with more abstract human rights goals, has issued detailed complaints about grassroots governance. But now that he has made his way from Linyi, in Shandong Province, to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, he has taken his complaints into America’s sphere.


Public complaints plague all countries. In the case of Chinese petitioners, there are a wide variety of motives. If the demands petitioners aren’t met domestically and they turn to the U.S. Embassy, it not only creates embarrassment in China, but it puts the United States in an awkward position as well.


The U.S. Embassy has no interest in turning itself into an office for Chinese petitioners. For Washington, it is easier to preach universal values to the Chinese public, and once in a while, perhaps, offer assistance in a few cases that best illustrate U.S. intentions. But it has never been willing to involve itself in large numbers of Chinese societal disputes.

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Western media portray Chen as a blind activist hero, and some Chinese echo this view. This has deluded Chen into adopting a mistaken impression of his importance to the United States and his personal influence in China. His assessment of himself has been ruined by exaggerated media reports.


The Chen Guangcheng incident will not affect Sino-U.S. relations. The upcoming Sino-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue is unlikely to dwell on him. Quite a few who are out of favor with the Chinese people have sought to exaggerate their own influence by relying on overseas powers. But this is a poor strategy. The time that foreign governments could dictate policies to Chinese authorities is long gone. Over recent decades, hundreds of Chinese have fled to the West in the hope of pressuring China. None of them won the prominence they sought.



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Progress on human rights requires comprehensive public support and social development. This is a notion imported from the West and is not opposed to human rights. Conflicts often emerge when a specific problem is exaggerated.


Sustaining support for human rights in the country can only come from within China. The West has little capacity to offer help in this regard. At the moment, they are more than frustrated by their own human rights issues.


As far as the Chen Guangcheng issue, the West has put all the blame on Chinese authorities. Now he is reportedly in the U.S. Embassy, which indeed has proven a dramatic twist. Let us see how the U.S. government tries to satisfy both Western media and Chen himself.



[Editor's Note: On Wednesday, China's Foreign Ministry said through state media: "China demands the U.S apologize for a Chinese citizen's entering the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Spokesman Liu Weimin said the Ministry has been informed that Chen Guangcheng, a native of Yinan County in China's Shandong Province, entered the U.S. Embassy in late April and left of his own volition after a six-day stay in the embassy."]




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