Skip to comments.Secretary Clinton All But Mum On Chen Guangcheng Case [Shameful and Disgusting! A New Low!]
Posted on 04/30/2012 6:23:17 PM PDT by Steelfish
Secretary Clinton All But Mum On Chen Guangcheng Case April 30, 2012
Hours before she was scheduled to leave for China on Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton avoided giving details about how the U.S. would address the plight of a blind Chinese dissident who escaped from house arrest.
U.S. officials have declined to confirm reports that activist and attorney Chen Guangcheng is under protection at the American Embassy in Beijing. His plight has been diplomatically dicey for the United States, which faces competing pressures to cooperate with China and press it to stop human rights abuses.
Clinton, who is heading to China on Monday night on a previously planned visit, declined to talk about the specifics of Chen's case. But she said the U.S. sought an effective, constructive, comprehensive relationship with China.
A constructive relationship includes talking very frankly about those areas where we do not agree, including human rights, she said when asked about Chen by a reporter.
The reporter pressed her again about the fate of other Chinese activists who are now facing detention. I have nothing to add to what Ive said at this time, Clinton said.
President Obama also declined to comment on the Chen case Monday, as did State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland. She did not answer questions about where Chen was, the fate of his family members, or whether the U.S. and the Chinese government were discussing his case.
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They really inspire confidence, do they not?
OTOH - I’m seeing a guy abandoning his wife and baby to the authorities along with his relatives. Stay and fight. If they come for you then you’d have a better standing in the world. Now nobody can get near that village.
The whole world is a cluster——k. Understand it & learn to live within it. Our next journey is the one that counts.
Gutless Obama won’t stand up to the Chinese. Chen is toast. Really disgusting lack of moral fiber in this administration.
The bottom line is that this is a “diplomatic thing”.
A citizen of a country goes to a foreign embassy in that country to demand sanctuary, claiming political persecution.
This happens a LOT around the world, and there is a formal process that must be followed based in the treaties between countries that permit embassies.
There is little or nothing Hillary can do in this situation, other than go through the formal ritual with her Chinese counterparts.
It can get weird. Remember not too long ago, when deposed Honduran president Manuel Zelaya snuck back into his own country, Honduras, and hid in the Brazilian embassy there.
The same, bizarre, diplomatic tap dance.
Clinton: Chinese human rights can't interfere with other crises
"Successive administrations and Chinese governments have been poised back and forth on these issues, and we have to continue to press them. But our pressing on those issues can't interfere with the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis, and the security crisis," - Sec State Hillary Clinton; Feb. 21, 2009
Six, two and even, she's selling you out, Chen.
The great Elisha Cook.
Well played, sir.
We’ve come a long way since Cardinal Mindszenty...unfortunately, it the wrong way.
That’s for sure. Budapest to Beijing
That’s for sure. Budapest to Beijing
The published facts alone raise too many questions about credibility.
What is the price that Obama is paying to enhance the not too impressive performance of Clinton as SoS and Obama himself adding to his heroism of single handed killing of Osama binLaden.