Chen vows to fight China 'threat' from new platform
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese activist who dramatically escaped house arrest, said on Wednesday he would speak out more boldly against Beijing's "threat" to humanity as he took positions at three US groups.
The blind-since-childhood campaigner was allowed to move to the United States last year after a diplomatic crisis between Washington and Beijing.
But more recently, he had a falling out with New York University which he accused of ending his studies due to Chinese pressure.
Mr Chen accepted three-year simultaneous appointments at the Witherspoon Institute, a conservative group known for opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion, as well as the Catholic University of America and the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, which carries on the legacy of late liberal Democratic congressman Tom Lantos.