China as is well known is a dictatorship that tolerates no dissent. It is also a global power and can twist the tail of most opponents. This has become apparant in the case of the Chinese dissident -lawyer Chen Guangcheng. This blind lawyer was put under house arrest by the Chinese authorities at his farmhouse. Chen in a dramatic escape from his house arrest reached Beijing and took refuge in the American embassy.
One expected the US government to act tough with the Chinese government and not only keep Chen safe but also arrange for his wife and daughter to joinhim. This was the least expected of a nation that is regarded as the bastion of democracy.
Unfortunately the saga has folded in a different way. Perhaps the Americans thought it better not to antagonize the Chinese and passed word to Chen that in case he did not return to China, his wife and daughter will be beaten to death by the Chinese authorities. The US embassy denies this , but facts prove otherwise. The long and short is that Chen left the US embassy and
The situation is complicated. As per the understanding with the Chinese the dissident Chen will be allowed to stay with family at a place of his choosing and enroll in a law schol. He was offered 7 destinations and it appears he chose the port city of Tianjin.
The US is claiming that this is an islolated case, but the fact is the US has shown that it has legs of rubber when it deal with a formidable China. With one third of the economy mortgaged to China the US no longer has the will power to face China. It is a sad end to a story and one hopes that Chen does not disappear from the horizon as many other dissidents before him in China. Clearly the repressive Chinese government cannot be trusted.