Saturday, May 05, 2012
China/U.S. relations and Chen Guangcheng Drama
A handout photo from U.S. Embassy Beijing Press office shows
blind activist Chen Guangcheng (2nd L) being accompanied
by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and
Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell (front R) and U.S. Ambassador
to China Gary Locke (C), in Beijing, May 2.
Guangcheng saga kind of shook up both countries i.e. China and the United States. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was visiting China and did not want any trouble and neither did China. What is the fuss all about? China is trying to control its population growth and maybe rightly so otherwise its population may increase by the billions in a relatively short period of time.
Forced abortion could be characterized as wrong but other birth control measures would look justified. What is China supposed to do?
Especially the Republicans in the U.S had a field day. They blamed the Obama administration for not taking the concrete actions, letting go Guangcheng from the safety of the U.S embassy, and not properly helping the dissident.
There is an interesting piece in The Toronto Star
on this issue. Recommend this post