Dissident Chen tells China of abuse: US

2012-05-04 20:01
Beijing - Dissident Chen Guangcheng, at the heart of a crisis between the United States and China, gave an account to Chinese authorities about abuse under house arrest, a US official said on Friday.

Chen, who will be allowed to travel to the United States if a deal holds, spoke to Chinese authorities at his hospital on Thursday and Friday and alleged wrongdoing by authorities in his home province of Shandong, the official said.

"Mr Chen had the opportunity to provide detailed allegations to representatives of the Chinese government who came to interview him in his hospital room," the US official said on condition of anonymity.

Chen told them of "allegations of abuse and extralegal activity" since he was freed from prison in 2010 and put under house arrest, the official said.

Chen, who has been blind since childhood, has riled authorities by exposing forced abortions and sterilisations under China's one-child-only policy.

He fled last week to the US embassy after saying he and his wife were repeatedly beaten by local authorities in treatment considered harsh even by Chinese standards.

The activist on Wednesday was transferred to a Beijing hospital for treatment under a US-China deal, but he later said that he was afraid and wanted to study in the United States.

Broken bones

US ambassador Gary Locke on Friday met Chen at the hospital and US embassy personnel delivered a cake for one of the dissident's two children who was celebrating a birthday, another US official said.

The US embassy doctor also spoke with the hospital and discovered that Chen had broken three bones - not just one as previously thought - and has had one of his feet put into a cast, the second official said.

Chen has said that he climbed over walls, repeatedly falling, in his dramatic escape from house arrest.

Despite Chen's fears for his safety, the US officials disputed allegations that China has mistreated the dissident since he was taken to the hospital on Wednesday.

Hospital staff provided medication for his children, who were suffering fevers, and offered them haircuts and new clothes, one of the US officials said.

Under Wednesday's agreement, the United States said that China had agreed to let Chen and his family live in safety in his home country and to study at a university.

"We actually believe that the Chinese government was following through with the arrangements and the understandings that were undertaken. But what matters is what Mr Chen felt," the first US official said.

The official said that Chinese officials made known their "strong views" that they were abiding by Wednesday's deal, but that the United States explained that the activist's wishes had changed.
Read more on:    chen guangcheng  |  china  |  us

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24


This is what South Africans Googled in 2014!

Find out who and what South Africans were most curious about in 2014!


I love summer.24

This hilarious song is your new holiday anthem
The world's least visited destination is breathtaking!
LOL treadmill fail!
Google’s top searches of 2014

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25


Any chance to explore the distant shores of things yet to be found will fascinate you. The challenge is dealing with the issues...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.