Thursday, May 3, 2012

China's Chen 'not pressured to leave US embassy'.,According to US Envoy Gary Locke

Dissident Chen Guangcheng was not put under pressure to leave the US embassy, its ambassador says, as the activist said he wanted to leave China because he feared for his life.

Mr Chen said he left his refuge in the US embassy after Chinese officials made threats to his family members.

But US envoy Gary Locke said Mr Chen had appeared "eager" to leave.

The issue continues to overshadow two-day US-China talks attended by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In an interview with CNN, Mr Chen appealed to US President Barack Obama to help him.

"I would like to say to President Obama - please do everything you can to get our family out," he said.

The activist said he was disappointed with the US government.

"The embassy kept lobbying me to leave and promised to have people stay with me in the hospital. But this afternoon as soon as I checked into the hospital room, I noticed they were all gone." Read More