Chinese dissident in US embassy – Hu Jia


Beijing – Chinese rights activist Chen Guangcheng is in the US embassy in Beijing, his friend and fellow dissident Hu Jia said on Monday, in a case that threatens to rile China-US ties.

In this photo taken in late April, 2012, and provided by Hu Jia, blind Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng (left) meets with Hu at an undisclosed location. Chen, an inspirational figure in China's rights movement, slipped away from his well-guarded rural village on April 22, 2012 and made it to a secret location in Beijing on April 27, setting off a frantic police search for him and those who helped him, activists said. AP/Courtesy of Hu Jia

Hu, who was detained over the weekend for questioning in the affair, also said Chinese security officials indicated that Chen had met with US ambassador Gary Locke since the activist’s dramatic flight from house arrest.

“He is in the embassy,” Hu, who had met with Chen after his escape, told AFP when asked whether he could confirm rumours of Chen’s whereabouts.

“They asked when Chen Guangcheng met with ambassador Gary Locke,” he added.

“So it seems very clear that he has met with the American ambassador. I had no way of answering. I do not know what is going on inside.”

“But when I heard this I was very surprised and excited,” Hu added.

Chen, a self-taught lawyer, fled house arrest in Shandong province on April 22 with the help of supporters from under the noses of dozens of guards and subsequently recorded a video alleging abuses against him and his family.

Since then, rumors have swirled that Chen had made it to safety in the US embassy, but the embassy and State Department officials in Washington have refused to confirm or deny them.

China will no doubt be extremely upset about the United States harboring a fierce critic of its government, and the sensitive situation threatens to become a major diplomatic entanglement.

It comes as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner are due in Beijing on Thursday for an annual round of wide-ranging talks on the often-testy China-US relationship.

Chen, 40, won worldwide acclaim for exposing forced sterilisations and late-term abortions under China’s “one child” policy, and for using his legal knowledge to help people battle a range of other perceived injustices including land grabs.

He and his family were put under round-the-clock house arrest after he completed a four-year jail sentence in September 2010.

He has said he was being punished for defiantly continuing to speak out and that he and his family members had suffered beatings and other brutal treatment at the hands of local officials in what he has called an illegal house arrest.

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  • Tsinoy Texas Boy

    So many countries and People and most of all its own red chinese citizens hated this red communist government beast.. 

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  • Martin

    With the activist’s escape, a shot fired at the disputed waters either from China or Phl would increase the likelihood of America’s involvement in the conflict.

    • Russell Ariola

      Tutulong ang US na ipaglaban ang Panatag shoal dahil pag naangkin eto ng China, mapagbabawalan na ang US navy na maglayag sa West Philippine sea at mawawala etong malapit na ruta ng US navy sa mga paglalakbay neto mula sa Us base sa Japan papuntang Indian ocean.

  • Rare Earthling

    Free Press in China.

  • Russell Ariola

    Hahaa.. sige nga kung kayang pasukin ng mga kumonista tsekwa yung US embassy tulad ng ginawa ng mga Iranian noong 1979?

    • Constantine

      It cannot be because that’s a violation of international law. Unless of course China is willing to turn its back in the international arena and there goes all its business interest. Just imagine if the big consumer countries of Chinese products like the US, UK, European countries, Japan, Australia, Canada, etc, suddenly stop buying/patronizing China’s products. China will go back to ancient age.

    • Rare Earthling

      LOL. Bagsak niyan sa funniest home videos.

  • Constantine

    Of course the US embassy in China will never surrender Mr Chen to Chinese authorities.  And under the international law, unless there is a war going on in a certain country all people inside a foreign embassy have the immunity for any arrest. And since China is a signatory of this agreement, then they cannot do anything unless they want to earn the ire of the UN and permanent big country members like the US, Japan, South Korea, UK, France, Italy. Canada, Australia, etc.

    This only shows that democracy is still foreign in China and the leaders are still acting like spoiled brats. No wonder, they are bullying us in the scarborough shoal.

  • EdgarEdgar

    Welcome to the club. There are more Chinese dissidents languishing in the US, especially those from 1989 Tiananmen Massacre. China’s success today is an indictment to the socially disruptive dissidents. Had China caved in to dissidents, they would have suffered similarly like the Russians in the 90s. And the US government is learning from them by flushing the Occupy movement down the toilet.

  • dennis

    We can use Chen Guangcheng and support him as a counter measures against China´s growing injustices and drastic measures regarding Scarborough Shoal.As he said that “land grabbing” were famous in China,So there´s no wonder why China wants to grab Scarborough Shoal from us!

    • Rare Earthling

      visit “reporter without borders” website to e-sign a petition for the release other political prisoners in China. 

  • PHtaxpayer

    The PH govt should have nothing to do with this issue.  We should not take sides.  That is their internal problem.  Do you want PRC supporting our militants or rebels?  If you don’t want them supporting them, then you should not be supporting theirs.  Simple as that.

    The US is a hypocrite when it comes to human rights issues.  They supported Marcos.  They supported Pol Pot when the Vietnamese govt kicked him out of Cambodia for the genocide his Khmer Rouge caused.  They supported Saddam Hussein in his war with Iran.  And they supported Islamic radicals in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  And the US has torture chambers in Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, Bagram Airbase, Thailand and reportedly, some PH sites used for rendition of terrorist suspects.

    Why should we side ourselves with this hypocrite?  We are an independent nation who should fight for our own identity and sovereignty.

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