Recent Developments and History of the Chen Guangcheng Case, Hearing Before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, May 3, 2012   [open pdf - 606KB]

From the opening statement of Chris Smith: "The daring escape of Chinese legal advocate Chen Guangcheng from illegal home confinement was nothing short of a miracle, and it has taken the world, not to mention the Chinese officials and Chen's guards themselves, by complete surprise. It was a great relief that I, and millions around the world, learned of his escape and his reaching safety at the American Embassy in Beijing on Friday morning. Yet, it is with equally great concern that I convene this hearing of the China Commission today. Having been handed over to the Chinese officials by American diplomats yesterday, Chen, his wife Yuan, and the rest of his family and friends appear to be in significant danger. Notwithstanding vague and potentially empty safety assurances from the Chinese side, Chen has, since leaving the American Embassy in Beijing, expressed an earnest desire to gain asylum for himself and for his family. Questions indeed arise as to whether or not Chen was pressured to leave the U.S. compound." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Chris Smith, Frank Wolf, Bob Fu, Sophie Richardson, T. Kumar, Reggie Littlejohn, Michael Horowitz, Yaxue Cao, Xuezhen Wang, and Chai Ling.

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