“They’re trying to figure out what they’re going to tell Hillary Clinton,” the official said of the Chinese leaders, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the diplomatic delicacy surrounding the case. “We’d like to know as much as we can before she leaves.” – The New York Times
THE U.S. EMBASSSY IN CHINA is rumored to be protecting Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, who is seen in the amazing video above after he escaped house arrest. The video was released on Friday and pictures Chen Prime appealing to Chinese Minister Wen Jiabao.
No one is talking inside the State Dept., with only Pres. Obama’s counterterrorism adviser John O. Brennan addressing it through a question from Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,” saying “we are working very closely with the individuals involved in this.” Not even about Kurt M. Campbell, an assistant secretary of state, who was pictured in China, but whom the United States will not say is actually in that country.
Clinton will be in China with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for two days of discussion in what is known as a Strategic and Economic Dialogue.
Chen Guangcheng’s crime is openly and adamantly disagreeing with the Chinese government’s one-child policy, as well as forced sterilization.
Mitt Romney made his first comment on the situation, which was brief, though you can argue he shouldn’t have made any at all. It’s simply not his place to opine.
“Any serious U.S. policy toward China must confront the facts of the Chinese government’s denial of political liberties, its one-child policy and other violation of human rights,” Mr. Romney said in a statement on Sunday, his first remarks on the issue since Mr. Chen’s escape was reported Friday.
I’m wondering if Mr. Romney realizes how China feels about blanket human rights statements, which they interpret as meddling in their internal affairs. It’s not a huge deal, but it’s not helpful and once again makes him sound like he just doesn’t understand the complicated intricacies of Chinese – U.S. relations, especially given the sticky circumstances surrounding Chen.