Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng appealed to Congress on Tuesday to press the Obama administration to release what he said were high-level diplomatic agreements made with China when then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clintonnegotiated his departure from China nearly a year ago.
U.S. diplomats told him at the time that Beijing would promise in writing not to harm members of his family after he left and to investigate the years of persecution against him, Chen told a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee.
Since then, he said, family members have been beaten and harassed and several of them have been tortured and threatened. He said his nephew Chen Kegui was sentenced to more than three years in prison on what Chen called “trumped-up charges” after trying to defend himself against government-sanctioned thugs.
“We cannot continue to tolerate the Chinese communist authorities continuing to go back on their word and deceiving the international community at will,” Chen said in prepared testimony.