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By Mo Nong

'Dissident's plea for protection from China deepens crisis," declared a headline in the New York Times.


By "dissident", it referred to Chen Guangcheng, a blind man from East China's Shandong province who provided legal advice to those allegedly victimized by improper enforcement of family planning policies, though few in this country would address him that way.


Actually few would have heard of him until a couple of days ago. The paper's report identifying Chen as "one of China's most prominent dissidents", therefore, will no doubt come as an enlightening revelation to most people here.


But it will not be that big a surprise. After all, most of the Chinese "dissidents" who have become Western heroes have rocketed to prominence from oblivion, only to fall back into obscurity when they were no longer of any use to the West.

Although they are yet to complete the very last step on their agenda - visiting the United States and getting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama personally involved - Chen and his helpers have been quite successful in internationalizing him.


No matter how true his stories are, Chen has managed to hide himself under American wings and become what the New York Times called a "crisis" during the all-important Strategic and Economic Dialogue between his country and the US in Beijing.
Chen's smartly timed plea for US protection has served him well. He has got the attention he wanted, and is asking for more.


But at the same time he is holding one of the world's most important relationships hostage as he has become a tricky sideline issue for high officials from both countries who were on a tight schedule comparing notes on the big picture of bilateral ties.
Meanwhile, he has become a political tool on the campaign trail in the US. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is already using Chen to attack Obama, blatantly accusing the Obama administration of failing to reach beyond US soil to protect a non-American.


So, if protection is what Chen feels he needs, that could be the place to go, should his long-time lawyering enable him to sweet talk his new friends.
But to what extent should Chen's ambitions matter to the two countries and their way of dealing with each other? That is the real question to be answered, both in Beijing and Washington.


Such stories as Chen's can easily be blown out of proportion if they suit a purpose. In reality, Chen's stories, even if all true, reveal little more than abusive policy implementation at the hands of some grassroots officials. Something Beijing has been determinedly striving to address, a challenging task considering the vast extent of the world's most populous country.


By resorting to American "protection", Chen has successfully blown a minor complaint completely out of proportion and made it prominent between decision-makers in both capitals, especially at a time when Clinton was shaking hands with Chinese leaders.


Human rights are no small matter. And any verifiable allegations, including any of Chen's, deserve proper redress.


But is it appropriate to let one person's story dictate the course of the ties between two countries?
Neither country will benefit if decision-makers from the two countries let the dramatic one-man show distract and derail their efforts to anchor their volatile state-to-state relations.


The author is a senior writer with China Daily.
(China Daily 05/05/2012 page5)

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2012-05/05/content_15215640.htm



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seneca Post time: 2012-5-4 20:18
Mo sounds a bit clueless in saying that "few would have heard" of Mr Chen because if she (he?) is se ...

We're all impressed with your seeming knowledge of ancient European history even though it has
nothing to do with the issue at hand. You have much in common with Chen in that you never ever
let a moment escape to parade yourself around posing as someone who truly cares about the suffering
of others. It is painfully obvious to most of us that you are a poser, the same as Chen, who's only
motivation is self promotion. Anyone who has been on this forum for more than a few days knows
you detest China and will stop at nothing to defame China and the Chinese government.
Very few people in the world are as interested as you are to unearth even the most obscure "dissident"
whether there is a shred of proof to his or hers claims against China or not.
As the OP stated, in a country as large as China (there are none more populous and few larger in area)
it would be impossible to monitor each and every official 24/7 and bring them to immediate justice.
You and your ilk are simply looking for any opportunity to defame China and its government.
You just don't realize how obvious it is to the vast majority who do not share your twisted right wing agenda
of causing more discord and discontent within the borders of China.

If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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This post was edited by 29042012 at 2012-5-6 05:06

WESTERN countries do not make them dissidents.

Those who prosecute their own whistle-blower make them dissidents.


(throw them into prison, keep them into illegal house arrest, beat them up (including family members)
It is indeed very practical that the party is  judge, legislator, head of the army, executor  and  publisher  all in one in China.

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This post was edited by 29042012 at 2012-5-6 05:12
seneca Post time: 2012-5-5 12:18
Mo sounds a bit clueless in saying that "few would have heard" of Mr Chen because if she (he?) is se ...

Right, in China you can hear only one mega phone at a time, not 3, 4 or more.

What comes out from that megaphone is carefully selected by the authorities.

They determine what the people ought to know and what not !

So, that people have never learned about Chen is also YOUR fault Mr. Mo Nong !
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Your statement is an oxymonong. ( or was it oxymoron ? )
It is indeed very practical that the party is  judge, legislator, head of the army, executor  and  publisher  all in one in China.

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29042012 Post time: 2012-5-5 13:05
WESTERN countries do not make them dissidents.

Those who prosecute their own whistle-blower make th ...

According to your argument the U.S. has over a million dissidents in
prison at this very moment.
Ask any of them, they will all tell you they don't belong there.
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The only difference is the Chinese media doesn't to pick one or two of them and try to make
international heroes out of them like you and your right wing buddies are trying to do with Chen.


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Post time 2012-5-6 05:24:50 |Display all floors
Most dissidents are surprised at how disinterested average Americans are by the problems they protest against.  

He is important news in America when at great risk for advocating his beliefs and concerns.  Once he gets here, he'll be just another person who cannot adjust or speak the language.  If the government of China really wants to never have a worry from him ever again, then they will send his wife, children, and any other family who want to leave along with him.  His only way back into the headlines is to say someone is hurting his family in retaliation for his actions.
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This post was edited by 29042012 at 2012-5-6 05:35

Thieves, murderers and other ordinary criminals are not whistle - blowers.

If you want to slander the US government I should report you, which of course I am not.

"Reporting other people"

is a very well known tool in any dictatorship.
It is indeed very practical that the party is  judge, legislator, head of the army, executor  and  publisher  all in one in China.

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