China Policy Institute Blog

Quiet Diplomacy over Chen Guangcheng

By Steve Tsang. Quiet diplomacy has long received short shrift from China when addressing human rights issues. The case of Chen Guangcheng, however, marks a significantly more sophisticated approach to its negotiations with the US. If both sides maintain their composure, Chen and his family will soon be allowed to leave for the US, a …

Time to let Chen Guangcheng leave for the US

By Steve Tsang. The blind Chinese activist, Chen Guangcheng, had escaped illegal confinement, sought safety in the US embassy in Beijing for six days, and has now reportedly left the embassy on his own volition. Mr Chen is now in a medical facility in Beijing, with US personnel accompanying him. Quiet diplomacy has ensured the …

Devil’s advocates and people’s advocates: stability, the law, and Chen Guangcheng

By Jackie Sheehan. I appreciate the spirit in which Sam Beatson’s piece on the Chen Guangcheng case was offered. It nicely modelled the leaps in interpretation to which activists like Chen are subject in China – peacefully, non-violently pointing out that officials have broken the law and violated citizens’ most basic rights elided within a …

Some Devil’s Advocacy – Chen Guangcheng’s Escape

By Sam Beatson. News abounds that blind dissident activist, Chen Guangcheng, made an escape to the US embassy in Beijing this week. Democratic media has provided him with a platform to air his views and requests. He calls for justice to be served on local officials whom he alleges assaulted his family and he demands …