Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese dissident, who sought refuge at the U.S Embassy in China, is now in a Chinese hospital wondering if America will help him at all. Chen, who is blind and was injured what trying to escape house arrest has pleaded to Sec. of State Hillary Clinton to allow him to leave the country with her. All Chen seems to be hearing in return is silence.
I've known Chen Guangcheng for more than a decade--he's been through intimidation, beatings, jail, and extralegal house arrest--but through it all I never sensed he was scared. Now he's scared. Chen, whose case has escalated into a bilateral crisis that threatens to dominate Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to Beijing this week, was weeping as he talked to me over the phone from his hospital bed.
And here's an update from the Weekly Standard:
Clinton, who is in China now, completely ignored Chen in her remarks as part of the so-called U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. She did not mention him once.
Clinton briefly mentioned human rights, however, but merely in a vague, passive way.