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Hillary Clinton says blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng changed tune

Published on Jun 10, 2014 10:10 AM
 
Hillary Clinton (above) in her new book passionately defended her role in the release of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, criticising Republican assertions that the United States pressured him. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Hillary Clinton in her new book passionately defended her role in the release of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, criticising Republican assertions that the United States pressured him.

In "Hard Choices," the former secretary of state and potential presidential contender credited US efforts to nurture relations with China with allowing an atmosphere in which Beijing allowed the blind-since-childhood activist to move to the United States.

Clinton credited her assistant secretary of state for East Asia, the flamboyant academic Kurt Campbell, with his role in the episode and said at one point he volunteered to resign when the talks almost fell apart.

Chen, who enraged authorities by exposing forced abortions and sterilisations under China's one-child-only policy, escaped from house arrest in April 2012 and fled to the US embassy days ahead of a visit by Clinton.

 
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