"For what is Evil but Good-tortured by its own hunger and thirst?"
- Khalil Gibran
If Chen and his family are in fact going to be allowed to flee China I wonder what quid pro quo may have been given?
Your countrymen would be terribly hurt to learn that you put Chen's face before America's. Actually that guy does not deserve any "face" from you or anybody else. Even if you give him "face", you would still unable to give him eyes.
That guy is quite a controversial figure with dubious character as shown by his wavering behaviour. He is shifting his stance all the time. At one moment, he vowed to remain in China, and at another moment he appealed for asylum in the US. At one moment, he said he had left the US Embassy on his accord, and at another moment he claimed that he was forced to leave the embassy.
To compare that guy with Fang Lizhi is really a big insult to the well-known astrophysicist who was accused by China of stirring up the Tiananmen Square unrest in 1989. One is a village guy with an elementary knowledge of Chinese but the other is a highly educated astrophysicist. Isn't it a big insult to Fang to lump that guy together with him?
Dissident released, but saga not over
Dissident released, but saga not over
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The great escape
Chen Guangcheng: The great escape | The Economist
China-U.S. deal over dissident sours, Chen fears for life
China-U.S. deal over dissident sours, Chen fears for life - Yahoo! News
Chen's friend refutes earlier criticism of U.S. Embassy
Chen's friend refutes earlier criticism of U.S. Embassy – CNN Security Clearance - CNN.com Blogs
It's good to see you again. You are as opinionated as ever.
No one comes out of this affair looking good. The most interesting aspect is the internal struggle within the Party. Sort of reminds me of the inter Party struggles of the past. Hopefully, I'm mistaken.
Between the security chief in Chongquing and Mr. Chen it seems like the US Embassy and Consulates have become involved in political disputes in China. The Beijing Daily is saying very bad things about Ambassador Locke.
I think I'm more Chinese than Ambassador Locke.
In contrast, the Chinese government is as lethargic as Speedy Gonzales' cousin, Slowpoke Rodriguez. Locke's speedy reaction could have embarrassed and infuriated the Chinese government. This may explain the Chinese state newspaper's criticism of him.
In its contemporary history, China has produced such peculiar things as barefoot doctors, barefoot lawyers and Jesus' brother. Just think of a free offer of travelling all the way from China to America in a plane flown by a "barefoot pilot". Any taker?
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Hak Kwai should have appointed you Ambassador to China. At least you don't have the "Chinese face" problem when dealing with the Chinese. When the Chinese look at US Ambassador Albert's face, they will know that you are clearly a representative of the United States government even though you think you are more Chinese than Ambassador Locke.
As you are a fierce critic of Hak Kwai, he will never appoint you the next US Ambassador to China even if China demands the US to replace Locke. However, there is still one way to poke your nose into China's affairs on behalf of the US government, i.e. by setting up a rival non-profit religious group to help activists to escape from China. You should know that at the end of the day, the US Congress will trust a White American more than a Chinese American.
Despite Chinese face, I represent America: Gary Locke
Despite Chinese face, I represent America: Gary Locke - People's Daily Online
Think about it__Every time a US government agency or bureaucracy is exposed for it's transgressions, our elected representatives make public displays of shock and disgust, yet nothing changes.
When a crime is ignored ~ it becomes flagrant;
When a crime is rewarded ~ it becomes epidemic:
No Amnesty No Exception
Mr. Locke has no friends among conservative Americans. Now he has no friends among the Han Chinese. Sooner or later he'll come back to America, write a book and make a lot of money. That's the way things work over here now.
With respect to Mr. Chen, local security officers in Shandong are scooping up his relatives and friends. There are some nasty days ahead for those folks.