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Human rights showdown awaits Clinton in Beijing

 This undated photo provided by the China Aid Association shows blind Chinese legal activist Chen Guangchen in Shandong province, China. Chen, a well-...
 FILE - In this April 24, 2012 file photo, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the State Department in Washington. Clinton heads to Be...

China Blind Lawyer

This undated photo provided by the China Aid Association shows blind Chinese legal activist Chen Guangchen in Shandong province, China. Chen, a well-...

US China Blind Lawyer

FILE - In this April 24, 2012 file photo, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the State Department in Washington. Clinton heads to Be...

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is headed to Beijing, scene of a tense human rights showdown as activists say talks are continuing between China and the U.S. over the fate of a blind Chinese lawyer who escaped house arrest.
U.S. officials are said to be protecting Chen Guangcheng, a lawyer who exposed forced abortions and sterilizations as part of China's one-child policy.
Efforts to strike a deal for Chen's future did not materialize before Clinton left the United States. His fate has threatened to overshadow the high-level strategic and economic talks between the world's two biggest economic powers.
Neither country is saying much publicly about the case. Clinton arrives in Beijing early Wednesday.


Updated : 2021-01-20 07:46 GMT+08:00