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Chen Guang-who? Chinese official claims ignorance of blind activist

Published on Nov 9, 2012 7:16 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Despite causing a huge diplomatic incident between the world's two largest economies earlier this year, the Chinese official in charge of the hometown of blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng said on Friday that he has no idea who he was.

Mr Chen, one of China's most prominent human rights advocates, slipped away from under the noses of guards and eyes and ears of surveillance equipment around his village home near Linyi in eastern Shandong province in late April.

He then sought refuge at the US embassy in Beijing for six days, embarrassing China and creating an awkward backdrop for US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit which happened to fall at the same time.

But asked on the sidelines of a party congress in Beijing about Mr Chen, Linyi's Communist Party boss Zhang Shaojun deadpanned.

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