采访/刘惠 编辑/李莲 后制/周天
After Fang Lizhi, Chen Guangcheng
Seeks Protection from the U.S.
Now many Chinese are thinking: Why do the Chinese always
choose to seek protection from the U.S. diplomatic unit?
Chen Guangcheng is rumored to have entered
the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
Prior to this, Chen had succeeded in escaping from his hometown
while being controlled by the Political and Legal Affairs Committee (PLAC) of the
Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Pro-democracy activists in China and overseas analyzed that
Chen’s path was very similar to Fang Lizhi’s in 1989.
Chen’s revealing of PLAC’s persecution against the Chinese
may help Hu and Wen to remove Zhou Yongkang.
And that will advance China’s political situation, activists say.
They called for the U.S. government to protect Chen Guangcheng,
to show its image of an international police upholding justice.
In his video talk to the CCP premier Wen Jiabao,
Chen Guangcheng exposed plenty of persecution by PLAC
of him and his family members.
This makes people associate Chen’s flight with
Fang Lizhi’s fleeing to the U.S. Embassy in 1989.
Fang was then a leader of China’s pro-democracy movement.
Liu Yinquan (Chair of China Social Democratic Party):
“At that time, Mr. Fang Lizhi fled to the U.S. consulate in order to escape the
So did Mr. Chen Guangcheng.
And the U.S. Embassy gave both of them protection.
Mr. Fang finally came to the U.S., and I believe Mr. Chen will.
I also believe that the U.S. government will give him
full protection, so the result will be the same for him, I think.”
Liu, former history professor at Shangdong University,
thinks that Cheng Guangchneg’s uncovering of PLAC’s crime
will push Hu and Wen to take down Zhou Yongkang.
Liu Yinquan: “Guangcheng’s episode is a landmark.
It probably gives a harder hit to China’s political situation
than the Wang Lijun Incident did.
Wang Lijun revealed the corrupt group and mafia-gang led
by Bo Xilai and Zhou Yongkang.
The top figure behind all those authorities and individuals who
persecuted Chen Guangcheng is just Zhou Yongkang.
So if Hu and Wen could seize this opportunity to move against
Zhou, he would be hardly able to resist it.”
Since the CCP took power, it has restlessly publicized that
“U.S. imperialism has never abandoned its intention to
destroy us,” and “we are combating bourgeois liberalization”.
Why did Chinese of different ranks always choose
to seek protection from the U.S. embassy or consulate when they were in danger ?
Zhu Xinxin (Freelance in China): ” No matter how
the regime has defamed and
demonized the U.S. in its propaganda over decades,
all the Chinese people have come to know the truth.
That is, comparatively speaking, in this world, the U.S. is
upholding justice, and they have understood that the U.S. is a humane
So Chen Guangcheng’s entering into the U.S. Embassy
once again proves that
the CCP’s anti-American propaganda has failed in deceiving
and fooling the Chinese people.
What attracts the Chinese is not the life of material wealth
in the U.S. but its free, democratic and advanced social system.”
Liu Yinquan adds that Chen Guangcheng’s escape
also indicates that China’s judicial system is too seamy.
Chen knew that there is no way out in petitioning the CCP’s
top leadership, which might even put his life at risk.
Liu thinks the CCP’s regime, in particular, the PLAC headed
by Zhou Yongkang, is an exact likeness of a mafia society.
The Chinese people and officials have all been thoroughly
disappointed with it, Liu comments.
Liu Yinquan: “Chen Guangcheng’s event creates
a favorable opportunity for the U.S.
The U.S. government can vigorously grant asylum
to Chen with good reason.
This will build for the U.S. an image of upholding
justice in the world.
And it will be helpful to offset the shadow and shame caused
by the U.S. government’s inaction in the Wang Lijun Incident.”
Liu Yinquan figures that Zhou Yongkang will hinder Chen’s
leaving China and will shift the blame onto Hu and Wen.
While at the same time Liu doesn’t think that Hu and Wen
will be blocked by Zhou.
Liu says that he is optimistic to see Chen Guangcheng’s
arrival in the U.S.