China said on Friday blind dissident Chen Guangcheng could apply to study abroad, a move praised by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and suggesting an end may be near to a diplomatic crisis between Beijing and Washington. But rights activists sounded a note of caution over expectations of a quick way out for Chen, saying Beijing could be worried that appearing to be soft might embolden other challengers to Communist Party rule ahead of a power handover late this year.
There are mounting fears over the ultimate fate of the blind dissident Chen Guangcheng with no firm indication from Beijing that he will be allowed to leave China, reports David Eimer. Confined to a heavily-guarded hospital room, Ch... Read Post
(Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left Beijing on Saturday after a tense week of negotiations with China over the fate of blind rights activist Chen Guangcheng, who plans to travel to the United States under a deal... Read Post