送交者: 公民记者 于 北京时间 05/05/2012 () [累积29790分 给公民记者发悄悄话]
**US Confirms Chinese Dissident's Wish to Leave China**
U.S. officials say they have confirmed that blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng would like to leave China with his family, a day after the dissident left the U.S. embassy where he had sought refuge for nearly a week after fleeing house arrest. State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said Thursday that U.S. officials are discussing options with Chen, who is at a Beijing hospital under Chinese supervision. Chen left the U.S. embassy in Beijing Wednesday under a deal reached with the Chinese government that called for authorities to guarantee his safety. But he told reporters Thursday that his family has been threatened and that he no longer believes Beijing will keep its promise to protect them. He also expressed concern that the U.S. officials who had escorted him to the hospital were no longer with him at the facility.
U.S. officials have said they will do what they can to help Chen, but have denied reports that he was pressured into leaving the embassy. Ambassador Gary Locke said Chen was "eager and excited" to leave the embassy and be reunited with his family. The dispute over Chen has threatened to overshadow annual talks in Beijing between U.S. and Chinese officials. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not mention Chen during her opening remarks at the Strategic Security Dialogue, which started Thursday. But she did urge China to protect human rights.