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Blind activist urges China’s new president to adopt Burmese model of reform


Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has urged President-in-waiting Xi Jinping to follow Burma’s model of reform.

Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng  Photo: State DepartmentSpeaking from the USA in a message posted on YouTube by Texas-based Christian advocacy group, ChinaAid, Chen said that Communist Party chief Xi risks a violent political transition otherwise.

Chen hit world headlines in April when he escaped from house arrest in China and took refuge in the US Embassy, leading to a diplomatic skirmish between the two superpowers. Chen was finally allowed to leave China and is now studying in New York.

Chen said that if Burma’s President Thein Sein was able to release people such as opposition leader 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.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 December 2012 12:46 )  

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