Obama Avoids Discussing Chen

    US President Barack Obama pauses while speaking at the University of Colorado Boulder April 24, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado.  President Obama is on a two day trip through the 2012 US Presidential race battle ground states of North Carolina, Colorado and Iowa where he is speaking about the cost of student loans and other issues.   AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    In a news conference on Monday, President Obama declined to make a statement regarding “press reports” about Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, but reinforced the administration’s stance on China’s human-rights reputation. Obama’s comments come as the White House faces pressure to discuss Chen’s case. The president effectively skirted the sensitive topic but still mentioned China’s human-rights issue, which he said comes up “every time we meet with China,” and impressed upon the country that it “will be stronger as it opens up and liberalizes its own system.” A senior U.S. diplomat arrived in China on Sunday to discuss Chen’s fate, and Hillary Clinton is scheduled to depart Washington tonight to join the meetings.

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