Chen Appeals to New Chinese Leader

    Image #: 19208047    epa03378226 A picture dated 01 August 2012 of Chinese civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng during a press conference in Washington. On 01 September 2012, Chen accepted an inviation from Taiwan's oppostion Democratic Progressive Party to visit Taiwan and address the Taiwan parliament next summer. Chen and his family arrived in the US on May 19 2012, under a deal between Beijing and Washington. He is studying at the New York University Law School, Chen praised Taiwan as the model of dmeocracy for Chinese all over the world, but his visit would infuriate China because Chen is still a Chinese citizen and China does not want him to have links with Taiwan.  EPA/JIM LO SCALZO /LANDOV

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    It’s time for a change. Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, who won his freedom and escaped to the United States earlier this year, in an online video urged new Chinese leader Xi Jinping to make reforms. Chen’s nephew was recently sentenced to three years in prison on charges that he assaulted officials. Chen, who won the freedom to travel to the United States to study after a lengthy diplomatic battle, said Chinese officials “have enacted revenge” on his nephew and other family members. The new leader can decide if China “will have the transition in a peaceful way or a violent way,” Chen said.

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