Blind dissident Chen says China still harassing family, urges Obama to act
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Chinese political dissident Chen Guangcheng urged US President Barack Obama on Tuesday to raise the continued harassment of his family with Chinese authorities.
Mr Chen, who is blind, took refuge in the United States last year. He said authorities were still harassing and detaining family members in China, despite promises made to Washington that they would be left alone.
"We have not seen any obvious progress in this regard," Mr Chen told reporters in Washington, emphasising the need for Mr Obama to defend US principles of democracy and human rights worldwide.
"I would like to see him to talk (over) this case with the Chinese president, Mr Xi Jinping," he said through an interpreter.