Is US protecting Chinese activist? Obama aide won’t say

Apr 30 2012

The top U.S. diplomat for East Asia, Kurt Campbell, front, arrives at a hotel in Beijing, China, in the early morning of Sunday, April 29, 2012. Campbell arrived in China apparently to deal with the case of blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng who escaped house arrest in his Chinese village and is reportedly under the protection of American officials. Fellow activists say Chen Guangcheng, a blind lawyer who exposed forced abortions and sterilizations as part of China's one-child policy, fled house arrest a week ago and has sought protection at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)A top White House aide on Sunday said President Barack Obama wants to strike an “appropriate balance” between advancing human rights and maintaining U.S. relations with China, the first public comments by the administration on its potential involvement in harboring a Chinese activist on the eve of diplomatic talks between the two world powers.


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