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Associated Press | May 19
A blind Chinese legal activist who was suddenly allowed to leave the country arrived in New York on Saturday, ending a diplomatic tussle that laste...
Hi, welcome to LinkAsia. I'm Yul Kwon. Our top story this week takes place in China, but it's making headlines all around the world. You may have heard of Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese dissident who escaped from house arrest and made his way to the US embassy in Beijing. Originally, he said he wanted to stay in China and live like a normal person. Then he changed his mind. Here's South Korean broadcaster, MBC, to give us the latest on this dramatic turn of events.
The talk was supposed to be about North Korean nuclear tests and Chinese currency, but it began with a dispute over human rights issues in the case of Chen Guangcheng's escape.
Hu Jintao, Chinese President:
Given our different national conditions, it is impossible for both China and the United States to have the same opinion on every issue.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for all governments to respect human rights.
Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State:
No nation can or should deny those rights.
Meanwhile, Chen left the US embassy in Beijing and stayed in a hospital for one day. He told CNN that US officials pressured him several times to leave. Ambassador Gary Locke responded that there was no pressure, and Chen voluntarily left the embassy after speaking with his wife, who was waiting for him at the hospital. But Chen expressed his disappointment in the US during an interview with Hong Kong media.
Chen's Phone Interview:
I believe that the US government and the embassy want me to leave.
In the meantime, South Korean and Chinese representatives of the six party talks also met today, and it is known that the Chinese representative said that there is no conclusive evidence suggesting an imminent nuclear test in North Korea.