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