Dissident Chen Guangcheng raises China concerns with US
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The dissident who was at the centre of a stand-off between China and the United States (US) on Wednesday accused Beijing of failing to live up to its promises as US lawmakers rallied behind him.
Mr Chen Guangcheng, a blind activist who was jailed after exposing abuses in China's one-child policy, has lived in New York since May 20 after a dramatic escape from house arrest to the US embassy in Beijing.
Visiting Congress in his highest-level contact yet with the US government, Mr Chen voiced concern for his nephew who was arrested soon after the dissident fled China's eastern province of Shandong for Beijing.
"The Chinese central government explicitly promised me that it would thoroughly investigate the extended oppression and abuse that I endured in Shandong province," Mr Chen, flanked by lawmakers, told reporters in the Capitol.