Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese dissident who made international headlines by taking shelter in the U.S. embassy in Beijing, has now left diplomatic territory, escorted by U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke.
Mr. Chen is said to be receiving medical treatment at Beijing’s Chaoyang Hospital and his wife and daughter are reportedly en route from his native Shandong Province to join him. There were reports that Mr. Chen ”“ who has said he doesn’t want to leave China ”“ will be allowed to move to another part of the country, away from the local officials in Shandong who were responsible for holding the 40-year-old self-taught lawyer incommunicado in his home village of Dongshigu for the past 20 months.
According to a Reuters report, Mr. Chen would be moved to a ”œsafe environment” where he could attend university. ”œThis was an extraordinary case involving exceptional circumstances, and we do not anticipate that it will be repeated,” a U.S. official told Reuters.
Mr. Chen first arrived at the embassy six days ago, following a daring nighttime escape from captivity and a 500-kilometre journey to Beijing aided by an underground network of supporters. Mr. Chen’s fate was thrust to the top of the agenda as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for a long-planned visit.
While Mr. Chen’s departure from the embassy seemed to be the result of negotiations between the U.S. and China, Beijing made clear it was unhappy with the entire episode. The official Xinhua newswire complained Wednesday that Mr. Chen had arrived at the U.S. embassy ”œvia abnormal means” and said the Foreign Ministry had demanded a formal apology from Washington.
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