April 30, 2013 |
BEIJING — A year after the blind Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng escaped from house detention and fled to the United States following intense diplomatic negotiations , his relatives appear to be the targets of escalating retaliation from local authorities. Chen's nephew, who was imprisoned for clashing with officials when they charged into his home looking for Chen, is suffering from severe appendicitis but has been denied medical parole, family members said Tuesday.
April 25, 2013 |
IT WAS a year ago this week that blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng escaped from illegal home detention in his native village in Shandong province and made his way to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, where he was given shelter. After days of intense negotiations between senior U.S. and Chinese officials, including then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, a deal was struck under which Mr. Chen left the embassy. A senior U.S. official told reporters that among the commitments made by Chinese officials was that they would...
April 9, 2013 |
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 Clinton negotiated 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...
November 30, 2012 |
BEIJING — Chen Kegui, the nephew of blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng , was sentenced Friday to 39 months in prison for injuring government officials who stormed into his home while searching for his uncle, who had fled house arrest. The Obama administration swiftly condemned the sentence, calling it the result of a "deeply flawed legal process" that lacked basic guarantees of due process. "He was convicted in a summary trial in which he was not fully...
September 28, 2012 |
A GLANCE AT THE news from China on Friday might suggest a political system reacting properly to high-level wrongdoing. The former boss of Chongqing, Bo Xilai, once one of China's most powerful regional figures, was expelled from the Communist Party and, according to official news media, faces charges of corruption. Earlier, Mr. Bo's wife was convicted and given a suspended death sentence for the murder of a British businessman. Mr. Bo is a son of one of the party's revolutionary founders, so his punishment...
July 6, 2012 |
Last month brought the end of the official period that my political rights were suspended. Under Chinese law, I am now free to say whatever I want. But a week before this happened, local police who for the past year have largely prevented visitors from reaching me began to stop me from going out. And I was beaten. June is a tense, sensitive time in China. There is the anniversary of the Tianamnen massacre on June 4. State security steps up "home surveillance," or house arrest, each year on the people viewed as...