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Sun Apr 29, 2012, 05:59 PM

In Crisis Over Dissident, U.S. Sends Official to Beijing

Source: New York Times

The Obama administration scrambled on Sunday to contain a growing diplomatic crisis between the United States and China, sending a senior diplomat to Beijing to discuss the fate of a blind dissident who fled house arrest last week.

Amid intense secrecy, including a nearly blanket refusal to comment, the administration sought to negotiate over the safety of the dissident, Chen Guangcheng, who is said to be in American hands in Beijing ó though it remained unclear late Sunday whether he was in the embassy, in a diplomatic residence or somewhere else.

The senior diplomat, Kurt M. Campbell, an assistant secretary of state, arrived Sunday to meet with Chinese officials concerning Mr. Chenís case, and to try to keep the matter from undermining the administrationís longstanding effort to improve economic and security relations with China, senior officials and diplomats in Washington and Beijing said.

A senior American official said that Chinaís leadership met Sunday to work out their response to Mr. Chenís escape before scheduled meetings this week with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner. Mrs. Clinton is scheduled to leave Washington for China on Monday night, assuming the trip proceeds.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/30/world/asia/us-official-in-beijing-to-discuss-chen-guangcheng.html?pagewanted=all



Also the Guardian reports: "Protect Chen Guangcheng, Mitt Romney tells Barack Obama"

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alp227 Apr 2012 OP
orpupilofnature57 Apr 2012 #1
PatrynXX Apr 2012 #3
orpupilofnature57 Apr 2012 #6
Iliyah Apr 2012 #2
IamK Apr 2012 #4
The Traveler Apr 2012 #5
hack89 Apr 2012 #7
davidthegnome Apr 2012 #8

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 06:10 PM

1. Mitt , leave diplomatic affairs to someone qualified

Your President.

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Response to orpupilofnature57 (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 08:39 PM

3. Mitts way out of line

Should be barred from the election for that one.. (Treason?)

On a side note.. how much of Bain capitol is in China?? I'd think some of it is if he has a swiss back account. need to watch TWINE again (007)

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Response to PatrynXX (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 05:59 AM

6. Never thought of that.......How many

chinese children are working for your wealth ? should one of the the Presidents first questions he asks Mitt.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 08:13 PM

2. Mittens and crew should

not be playing with people lives. Politics should be far from this as possible b/c this man has political problems from his home country, but we all know that goppers don't care about other people anyways if they think its going to advance them to absolute power.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 11:08 PM

4. it would be a nice gesture to turn Guangcheng over to the Chinese gov't...

 

what would be the downside?

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Response to IamK (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 02:29 AM

5. I guess that depends

on how people react to the United States turning a dissident over to the "justice" meted out by a totalitarian regime. Those of us who believe our nation is edging ever closer to police state status would not be surprised by such a deed. Outraged, to be sure. But not surprised.

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Response to IamK (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:19 AM

7. Besides betraying the pro-democracy movement in China

and pissing of a shit ton of American voters? Nothing I guess

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Response to IamK (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 02:03 PM

8. You forgot your sarcasm tag....

I hope.

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