Thursday, April 18, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Says He Raised Case of Chen Guangcheng’s Nephew with Chinese Leaders

China Aid Association

Kerry[2](Washington, D.C.–April 18, 2013) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told a Congressional hearing on Wednesday that he raised the persecution case of the nephew of blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng with the highest authorities when he met with senior officials on his first visit to China last weekend.

His comment about Chen Kegui was in answer to a strongly stated question by Congressman Chris Smith, one of Chen’s foremost champions in Congress, at a nearly four-hour hearing of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. View the exchange here:


The video of the full hearing is here, with Smith’s question beginning at 1:19:00:
http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/hearing/hearing-securing-us-interests-abroad-fy-2014-foreign-affairs-budget

On April 13, the very day that Kerry was in Beijing and meeting with China’s top leadership, Chen Kegui in a telephone call to his father, Chen Guangfu—the older brother of Chen Guangcheng—said that authorities had warned him that if Chen Guangcheng continues to draw attention to his case overseas, Chen Kegui’s monthly prison visits with his family would be denied.

ChinaAid expresses its appreciation and gratitude to Congressman Smith and Secretary Kerry for raising Chen Kegui’s case with China’s top leaders, and calls on the new Xi Jinping government to respond to the U.S. concern for Chen Guangcheng’s nephew and the rest of his family and to take concrete measures to show the international community and Chinese citizens that the new Chinese government is sincere about making progress.


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