Chinese Paper: Chen a ‘Tool’

    FILE - In this Jan. 2011 image made from video released on Feb. 10, 2011, by China Aid Association, Chinese activist and lawyer Chen Guangcheng speaks in Dongshigu village, Shandong province, China. A blind Chinese activist, Chen Guangcheng, under house arrest was beaten into unconsciousness by local authorities and denied medical care, his wife said in a handwritten letter that was smuggled out of the couple's tightly guarded home. (AP Photo/China Aid Association)

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    An official Chinese newspaper hit out at dissident lawyer Chen Guangcheng, accusing him Friday of being a “tool” for the U.S. in an attempt to undermine the Communist Party by ginning up human-rights controversies. The paper also took a swipe at Gary Locke, calling the U.S. ambassador to China a "troublemaker" and saying he has engineered problems to make China look bad. Locke was criticized again for a photo that circulated last year in China of him with a backpack on and carrying a Starbucks cup while traveling, which the Chinese saw as subversive to the U.S.

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