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But many more microbloggers - such as Li Kaisheng, a professor at Xiangtan University in Hunan are unimpressed.

"This is shamelessness on an unprecedented level," he wrote.

"When a blind man has been subjected to long-term illegal detention and has had to turn to a foreign embassy for protection, our foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin turns a blind eye to the facts and asserts that 'China is a country under the rule of law, and its citizens' legitimate rights and interests are protected by the constitution and its laws'."

Other contributors were equally scathing.

"They always blame other countries for interfering with China's internal affairs. But why don't they ever consider why the people have lost confidence in China's own judiciary and would rather trust a foreign embassy?! Weibo user "Milktea" asked.

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^^ And he's Chinese.
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RE: China demands US apology on Chen's case

Chen and embassy should not delude themselves

Global Times | May 03, 2012 00:15
By Shan Renping


A car from the US embassy in Beijing arrives at Beijing Chaoyang Hospital Wednesday, where activist Chen Guangcheng was believed to get a checkup. Photo: AFP



It was confirmed Wednesday that Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese legal activist, entered the US embassy in Beijing in late April and left of his own volition after staying there for six days. The issue received official notification one day before the China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue, which shows both sides do not want the issue to affect their relationship.

Chen's case originated from the grass-roots disputes in Linyi, Shandong Province and evolved into a more complex situation under the interference of Western media and even diplomatic factors. Chen is boosted as a human rights advocator by the West and some online activists. The political role he now undertakes is far from where he began. The West and its supporters in China always need a tool to work against China's current political system. Those who become these tools have few choices of their own.

It is certain that Chen's case is only an interlude for China's development. It will not undermine social stability, nor will it hinder the normal development and progress of China's human rights. China can take a composed attitude when such cases happen again.

It is meaningless to use Chen's case to attack China's human rights. The progress of China's human rights these years has been noticeable and will not be beleaguered by such attacks. China's stability lies in its grassroots. Although many problems have emerged at this level, their development is moving in the right direction. Confrontations may take place occasionally due to China's large scale, but they have not dominated society and will be played down by the majority's optimism.

It is easy for the West to trouble China by picking up on such excuses. But this will only remain a verbal war. The criticism against China sometimes serves as a helpful reminder, but we can also choose to pay no heed to it.

It is hoped that the US embassy in China can distance itself from activities that do not match its functions. It should gain the favorable impression of China's public rather than being an escape route for more extreme elements. It will be too much for the US embassy to bear if it takes on the role of the latter. It should adopt a pragmatic attitude toward its capabilities and functions as well as their roles within the Sino-US relationship.

We would like to see that Chen's case be resolved. Those who want to plot against China by making use of Chen Guangcheng may be just deluding themselves.



The author is a commentator with the Chinese edition of the Global Times.






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