Chen Guangcheng

High-level talks in Beijing between the United States and China this week have been overwhelmed by the dramatic and continually shifting story of Chen Guangcheng. The blind dissident who escaped to a U.S. Embassy is no longer in U.S. custody. But he remains at the center of a diplomatic brouhaha – and his story is causing tension between two countries that already struggle to see eye-to-eye.

What’s the truth surrounding Chen Guangcheng? How will his situation affect the bilateral conversation? And what is the current state of U.S.-China relations?

Clayton Dube, executive director of the U.S.-China Institute at the University of Southern California
Orville Schell, director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York City
Helen Wang, author of "The Chinese Dream"
Jonathan Pollack, senior fellow with the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution and former professor and chairman of the Asia-Pacific Studies Group at the Naval War College

  • Maple

    Can’t the United Nations step in to help Chen?

  • Scott

    At what level is the abuse of Chen Guangcheng likely to be “sanctioned”?  Does it end with just the local level, or is there likely a higher level of government involved?  Or perhaps the levels of government above the local level just turn a “blind eye”?  (no pun intended)

  • Steve

    Can the professor speak to Chinese hacking and theft of intellectual property from US companies?  How prevalent is it and how important of an issue is it in US-China relations?

  • A Chinese American

    Chinese say luring a snake out of its cave, and then kill it.  This is the strategy Chinese government used.  Chinese government’s promise is useless, and US diplomats should know better than that.  I think this is US diplomats’ failure because Chen walked out the embassy.  The ball is in Chinese government’s hands.  The best outcome will be the Chinese government allows Chen and his family leave China for medical treatment on the basis of medical conditions, not political asylum.

  • OldVet

    Chen is the News Shadow over what was actually discussed by the Secretaries of State and Treasury in China:  That although the yuan has strengthened 13% in the last two years, and our folks say that is not enough.  The Chinese say…. it is.    

    In short, the Chinese have done as we requested, and (typically) we said that was not enough.

    No offense to Mr Chen, but he is a pawn in the battle of election year wedges.
    When else is it headlines that a blind person has called congress?  It is a News Shadow.   A veil.

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