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China-US Relations / Chen Incident #1022231

CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 03, 2012
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(Studio: Scott Pelley) The story of blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, who has asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton take him out of China, introduced; scenes shown from Washington, DC of Congressmembers listening to Chen’s voice.

(Pentagon: David Martin) The saga of Chen’s escape from house arrest examined; animation shown of how he was brought to the US embassy in Beijing; photos shown; details given about his decision to leave the embassy and his change of heart. [US Ambassador to China Gary LOCKE††- says we engineered almost a maneuver out of “Mission: Impossible”; recounts the negotiations with China.]

(Studio: Scott Pelley) Chen’s opposition to forced abortions noted. Earlier discussion held with Sky News correspondent Holly Williams about why Chen changed his mind; details given from Chen’s account of his treatment in his village reviewed; scenes shown of his house. [From Beijing, WILLIAMS – recounts her interview with Chen; says Chen would ask President Obama and Clinton to protect his family; states the Chinese are embarrassed and angry by this issue.]

Pelley, Scott;
Martin, David

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