KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Blind dissident Chen Guangcheng’s dramatic escape from house arrest in China has led to his seeking asylum at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
Chen, 40, was imprisoned last week due to his opposition to China’s one-child policy, which includes forced abortions and sterilizations.
Chen escaped April 22 from his heavily guarded farmhouse in Shandong province. The whereabouts and well-being of his family and several associates remains unconfirmed, although there have been reports that some family members have been arrested by Chinese authorities.
“The Chinese government has reacted predictably, with a show of strength, by detaining a number of Chen’s relatives and...READ MORE