03 May

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective



China activist seeks US help to flee homeland

A blind Chinese activist who sought sanctuary at the US embassy in Beijing after fleeing from house arrest has said he wants to leave his homeland, according to media reports.

News agencies citing the Daily Beast website said on Thursday Chen Guangcheng wanted to leave China on the plane of Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, who is in Beijing for talks with Chinese leaders.

Chen left the US embassy on Wednesday after US officials said China had offered guarantees about his safety. He was taken to a hospital where he was reunited with his wife and children.

“My fervent hope is that it would be possible for me and my family to leave for the US on Hillary Clinton’s plane,” Chen said.

The activist, who has been receiving treatment for a broken foot sustained during his escape, said US officials had left him alone there with his family, although he said he expected them to stay with him.

Family ‘starved’

“When I was brought to the hospital room, they all left. I don’t know where they went,” he said.

“Gary Locke, Campbell and the others took me to the hospital, but they have all left,” he said, referring to US Ambassador Locke and senior diplomat Kurt Campbell.

Chen says agreement for safety has not been honoured

“By now, they haven’t given us dinner yet. My children are starved.”

Chen Gunagcheng quoted as fearing for his and family’s safety and seeking flight from China on Hillary Clinton’s plane.
Last Modified: 03 May 2012 19:51 GMT


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