Blind China dissident urges Xi follow Myanmar path to reform

BEIJING Mon Dec 3, 2012 4:18am EST

Activist and advocate Chen Guangcheng smiles at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York May 31, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Activist and advocate Chen Guangcheng smiles at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York May 31, 2012.

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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.

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.

Chen was allowed to leave China and is studying in New York.

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 Xi should be able to release Chinese prisoners of conscience.

"Then Sein's open mind won him support from Myanmar's people and recognition from the world. Even Thein Sein can do it, yet Xi Jinping doesn't. Obviously it's not that Xi couldn't do it, but simply that he won't," Chen said.

Chen's nephew, Chen Kegui was given a three year three month jail term last week after being charged with using knives to fend off officials who burst into his home on April 27, the day after they discovered his uncle had escaped from 19 months of house arrest in eastern Shandong province and fled to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

"Because I fled the country, government officials have enacted revenge on my nephew Chen Kegui and others. Chen Kegui tried to defend our family, but he was arrested and is still in jail today," Chen Guangcheng said.

"There is no word that Communist Party rulers are willing to change and do the right thing," Chen added.

Addressing Xi, he said: "Whether you will follow the call of heaven and the people to carry out reform, or kidnap the government and maintain the power of the Communist Party is a matter of whether China will have the transition in a peaceful way or a violent way".

The U.S. State Department said it was deeply disturbed by Chen Kegui's sentence.

But Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the United States had no business interfering in the issue.

"The Chen Kegui case is solely a Chinese domestic matter. China is country with rule of law ... The legal rights of this person and his family members have been effectively guaranteed," Hong told a daily news briefing.

"We are extremely dissatisfied that the relevant country rudely interfered in China's internal affairs. We most certainly do not accept it."

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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DeanMJackson wrote:
Ladies and gentlemen, the only dissidents allowed to exist in totalitarian Communist China are those “dissidents” created by the Chinese Communist government, otherwise you would never hear of their existence!

Chen Guangcheng, blind, we’re told, “escaped” from the high-wall enclosed, CCTV monitored house he was situated in, passing by the dozens of security personnel that were watching him! Why didn’t the security personnel notice him escaping with whoever assisted him?
Because, we were told, all the security personnel watching the house went to get water! No kidding, that’s the official, mind-numbing lie that Communists put out! I guess those monitoring the CCTV cameras all had to go to the bathroom at the same time too maybe?

Of course, the “Myanmar path to reform” that Chen Guangcheng suggests Xi follows is also a disinformation operation. What the media doesn’t tell you is that Burmese “dissident” Aung San Suu Kyi’s father founded the Burmese Communist Party. The so-called Burma Military Junta was a Communist government, and Aung San Suu Kyi was their “dissident” agent in waiting. Waiting for what, you ask? Well, not for Godot, but for the prospective “democratic” government of Burma. You see, Aung San Suu Kyi was to give her blessing to the new “democratically” elected government. And she did.

And just who is Thein Sein? He was the former military commander of Burma! I can hear you breaking out in laughter! Well, this will have you in convulsions, coughing up your lunch: Aung San Suu Kyi said Thein Sein was a true “reformer”, giving her blessing to the psychopath who persecuted her when she was a “dissident”!

Folks, now you know why you can’t trust anything the media reports on any subject. You have to do the thinking for yourself, which is a daunting exercise, I know.

Back to Aung San Suu Kyi. After Thein Sein was “elected” President in 2011, Aung San Suu Kyi inexplicably refused to demand a de-Juntaization Program to ferret out Military Junta agents still in power, which again proves that Aung San Suu Kyi is a tool of the Burmese government.

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