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By: Joyce P. Kaufman

In: Contemporary Cases in U.S. Foreign Policy: From Terrorism to Trade

Chapter 9: Chen Guangcheng: The Case of the Blind Dissident and US-China Relations

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Chen Guangcheng: The Case of the Blind Dissident and US-China Relations
Chen Guangcheng: The case of the blind dissident and US-China relations
Joyce P.Kaufman

Before You Begin

  • Why did one individual, Chen Guangcheng, have such an impact on US-China relations?
  • Why was Chen an important figure in China?
  • How did the negotiations about Chen unfold?
  • What were the possible outcomes of the negotiations?
  • How much of the outcome of this case was based on circumstances and coincidence (e.g., Secretary of State Hillary Clinton happened to be in China at that time)?
  • In what ways might the story of Chen Guangcheng change China's human rights policy?
Introduction

The story of the escape of forty-year-old blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng from house arrest in a remote village in China, ending with his flight to and resettlement ...

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