Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese dissident who managed to elude house arrest and make it to the U.S. embassy in Beijing has made an appeal to President Obama to help him escape China.
Blind Chinese dissident appeals to Obama for help just hours after leaving U.S. Embassy
BEIJING—Just hours after leaving his refuge in the U.S. Embassy, blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng appealed to President Barack Obama to help him escape China with his family, telling journalists he feared for his life.
In a deal that Washington had hoped would defuse the crisis with Beijing, Chen left the embassy on Wednesday after securing guarantees that, according to U.S. officials, would have allowed him to relocate within safely in China with his family to pursue his studies.
He had been holed up in the embassy for six days after escaping house arrest last month.
The deal was negotiated between the United States and China in the days before a visit to Beijing by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. U.S. officials had touted it as a sign of the co-operative U.S.-China partnership.
Chinese authorities, however, took a tougher tone. In the hours after Chen left the embassy, they immediately criticized what they called U.S. meddling and demanded an apology for the way U.S. diplomats handled the case.
Human rights groups warned the deal entailed some risk that Chinese authorities might not live up to the guarantees.
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