The Straits Times
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Published on Dec 03, 2012
 

Follow Myanmar reform path: Blind China activist to Xi

 
 

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has urged Communist Party chief and president-in-waiting Xi Jinping to follow Myanmar's model of reform or risk a violent political transition.

Mr Chen also accused the government of breaking a promise to investigate what he says is the persecution of his family, according to a recorded message posted on YouTube by Texas-based Christian advocacy group ChinaAid, which backs him.

The self-taught legal advocate's escape from house arrest in April and subsequent refuge in the U.S. Embassy was deeply embarrassing for China, and led to a diplomatic tussle between the two countries. Mr Chen was allowed to leave China and is studying in New York.

Mr Chen said in the message released over the weekend that if Myanmar's President Thein Sein was able to release people like Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, then Mr Xi should be able to release Chinese prisoners of conscience.