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If anyone thinks Chen Guangcheng gained freedom "at last" when he arrived the land of the free, he is in for a big surprise.
According to "Want Daily", a Taiwan based newspaper who had advocated exit visa to the US for Mr. Chen before his release from China, reported today that no one is allowed to talk to Mr. Chen or his family without being on a special list of approval. Not even to leave a gift for him.
And he is not permitted to speak to anyone outside that list of personnel without approval from a "public relation organization".
Perhap he must be debriefed, coached or otherwised prepared before his appearance, but if such ban on Chen's freedom of movement and speech persists much long, what price "freedom" and what an irony for the world to see?
Now the American public has got their very rare animal. Now, they can go to the zoo and look at him and admire him and be wowed by him. But before, he must be mentally fed properly. For that purpose, the organisation that has "freed" him, that has sponsored him and has brought him to the US must prepare for him the right scenario to wow the naive Americans. For the present moment, there is no need to make him jump over high walls nor to break his foot. These were done already and the American public has admired his unparalled physical achievement. What is needed now is the right dress, the right haircut and the right glasses that would appeal to the American public. Then, Chen will have to learn the exact words that his paymaster will have prepared for him, in the right tone and with the right expressions. He will be kept in training for at least one month for that. Meanwhile, he is more a prisoner than he was in China. Should he break psychologically under the heavy pressure and expectations, he will be dumped somewhere. Fortunately for him, China will always be there to welcome him.
I feel sorry for the Chinese gaurds whose only job was to make sure a blind man couldn't leave his house LOL.
you really need to take a great leap of logic to link Chen's case with a British pervert trying to rape a woman on the street and a Russian cellist harassing a woman on a train.
Chen has enjoyed many sympathy in China as well, while the later two silly foreigners don't. And while the behaviors of those two foreigners are publicized, Chen's case isn't.
It is outrageous to see the juxtaposition of a rapist and a hooligan in the train and Chen. Chinese government does not need to show strong muscle after letting Chen go to US. There is no point to relate them.
China has not learnt how to dealt with the huge inflow of the foreigners and immigrants, unlike US, which has a long history and more or less working system with immigration. Look at the foreigners in Guangzhou. How many of them hold a valid visa or status? Luckily for now Chinese do not need to worry too much about losing jobs to them. Still China needs to catch up on the immigration management. At beginning, some measures may later prove to be overreacting and influenced by nationalism. But it is for sure Chinese government needs to take care of this.
China is not superpower and does not claim it to be one, so please keep your bashing to yourself.
How do you know what he is allowed to say, or not to say, if he is kept in isolation, as you claim, by his "paymaster"? Are you his paymaster? You seem to be privy to information only a paymaster would know about ("He must learn by heart the words and expressions that his American paymaster has prepared for him and repeat them in front of the camera without fail, otherwise he will be severely punished and send back to...China."). China must scare him an awful lot if he is doing all you claim he is doing, just so that he is not sent back...
" Meanwhile, the naive American public is expecting him to perform miracles." What did you have in mind? Walking on water; turning water into wine; curing the sick?... Having been able to come here is a miracle in itself, in the eyes of quite a few people both in China and the US - and his own, too, no doubt...
IMAGINE - 1) how many country can produce a blind person and getting a law degree and passed the country (China) Bar exam to practise? The blind guy,Guangcheng Chen, should be very grateful to China
2) Since he is blind, most of his views if not all his views are through the eyes of a third party/ies, which means that he may have no personal knowledge. i.e. hearsay but also subjected to distortion, concoction and manipulation of these third party/ies.
3) What make UNCLE SAM (US) think that s(he) is acting on a high moral ground when allowing this blind activists asylum in the States vis-a-vis remain in China when the whole episode, I can gather is to cast shame and embarrass on China, a politically motivated move.
Now that Communist China is becoming a harmonious and prosperous society that can afford to be more tolerant towards dissidents, I suggest that Harvard Kennedy School of Government should invite Guangcheng Chen, Guagua Bo and MingZe (aka Mimi) Xi (they are all now students at "prestigious" Universities in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, no?) to a free and frank podiums discussion (or town hall meeting in American political parlance) on the future of democracy, human rights and free speech in both the USA and China. Free speech (and not political correctness) is the true trademark of "venerable" American Universities, no? Besides, after exchanging all that free trade, T-bills (China is allowed to buy directly from the US government, I heard), manufacturing jobs and technology (reverse-engineered or not), the USA and China are now inseparable allies converging towards a common destiny as Nixon and Kissinger predicted. Wise men indeed!
Oh well, "All's well that ends well" (according to Shakespeare)
Mr Chen would do well to take a look at similar cases of other human rights activists who left China for America before him.
All such activists who left had a brief moment of fame, and were immediately discarded and ignored by all the media right afterward. They all now live in poverty without a way out. Go read up on all the famous Tienanmen youth leaders if interested.
Mr Chen countdown has already begun. I hope he enjoys his moment in the spotlight. And a poor and meaningless life for the next 50 years.
Most Chinese don't hate the foreigners and they have sympathy for Chen. But their voices are seldomly heard because it is risky to speak for Chen and those sexual assulting foreigners. I think the author may have misjudged the real situation in China by simply referring to the public reports which are controlled by the governments. If you want to know the real China ,please come here and talk with Chinese for yourself. You will get the real information.
I don't understand what you mean by his 'paymaster'.
Do you have any evidence to support this claim? Or is it simple based on an irrational, emotional interpretation of events?
Chen has not yet learn the lines prepared for him by his American paymaster. So he is not ready for Limbaugh. You must give him time. For the time being, he is nursing his broken foot which seems to stick with him. Probably, his plastered foot and his crutches have become his recognisable symbols and his paymaster has told him never to go around in public without them. He will have to stay like that all the rest of his life. Poor fellow.
Chen in the US is more more a prisoner than he was in China. Now, he is not allow to express himself. He is kept isolated, like in a cage and must have no contact with people except those appointed by his paymaster. He must learn by heart the words and expressions that his American paymaster has prepared for him and repeat them in front of the camera without fail, otherwise he will be severely punished and send back to...China. Meanwhile, the naive American public is expecting him to perform miracles.
Well, this is a no-brainer for China: Chen is a loose cannon, who is very likely to embarrass his "freedom" hosts; let him do his damage abroad.
As for Yang Rui, he is an excellent talk show host on CCTV, who always calls a spade a spade.
I commented on the subject on May 6th:
"The most egregious injustice Mr. Chen is suffering now is that so many people, some doesn't even speak his language, are stuffing their own words in Mr. Chen's mouth.
I bet one Yuan that when he finally goes to US and opens his mouth, it'll be pure gibberish."
I guess I won the bet, even if it takes just one day for Chen to prepare and digest the words stuffed in his mouth (ones does not need to be debriefed about his own words, right?).
This article is not very good at mixing two concepts: opinions of Chinese people and Chinese government. On the case of a UK guy raping a Chinese girl on the street of Beijing. Many chinese people are so angry at this news. Everybody can understand that this is just too much brazen and shameless wherever it happened. As to yangrui, not too many Chinese people agree with him. Actually if you logged on the microblog in Chinese, you can find a lot of people accused Yangrui of his radical words.
Chengguangcheng is a different case. Many chinese people respect him because he is courageous. He suffered by standing up to maintain the humanright of his townfellow.
As to Chinese government, some people in the government are really embarassed.
But as far as my understanding, very few chinese people connect the case of Chengguangcheng with nationalist.
The article is wrong in connecting those affairs together and mixed the opinion of Chinese people and Chinese government.
Since you said you have given up Chinese citizenship. China has no more responsibility for you as her citizen.
Since you are not Chinese citizen, it's difficult for other country to help you because there is no political advantage with China for them to gain. May be your relatives can help you. Good luck.
Can this be a sign that our government is changing its attitudes towards activists? I just hope that we Chinese citisens could learn more facts of what happened in the past and what's going on at the moment.
hundred millions dissenters or just migrant-aspirant disguising as dissenters. Chinese immigrants in US/Canada tend not to exercise their rights nor hold any political clout, mainly because they don't vote nor congregate, a sign most immigrants are driven by economic incentives rather than ideology. Not good :(
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