Diplomatic tussle over blind Chinese activist
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 4:42
- Date Apr 30, 2012
All-Star panel weighs in
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Obviously I'm aware of the press reports.
On the situation in China.
But I'm not gonna make a statement.
On the issue.
What I would like to emphasize is that every time we meet which.
The issue of human rights comes up.
And they will be meeting with China secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner heading to China actually tonight.
To me with officials there this as forty year old dissident a blind activist named Chang won Chang.
Is -- reportedly.
At the US embassy in Beijing he escaped.
House arrest for the help -- supporters last week.
And he has been vocal about China's one child policy of forcing women to undergo late term abortions were sterilization.
This obviously puts the US and -- diplomatic place ahead of these meetings.
What about this -- panel state.
-- I understand the administrations in polls here to proceed cautiously obviously high stakes issues some people said that.
Not since Tiananmen square we had to deal on these and through with these kinds of human rights issues.
With China however.
I don't think there's anything wrong with making general statements of support of his cost they've done so in the past.
And the administration I think has some making up to you remember in February of 2009 Hillary Clinton came him to office as secretary of state.
And said and the fact we are gonna play human rights second.
-- we don't want to interfere with global -- climate change issues the economic crisis things of this -- and then later you had Joseph Biden.
Say that he understands China's one child policy now.
They've they've gone back and forth and that it and other administration figures including Hillary Clinton later gave speeches that -- Tougher on human rights issues but I think they have to making up to do and I would say at the very least they should be offering some statements that supportive of the cost that he's champion.
Senator Lindsey Graham and others now are speaking out saying -- cause should be our cause.
That the US should protect his safety and safety of his family AB what about this over so we don't know if he's being protected by.
US officials are now and I think as.
The secretary of state arrives there tonight or tomorrow morning and and -- -- these very tense discussion while long let's just say a fellow dissident has been quoted as saying is that the US embassy in that he met with.
He was -- -- Gary Locke so that's.
Where we are.
Well whether you believe that or not is one thing that's what.
-- that we and that's that's going to be that's gonna have an implication for for us that would be different if that if we find out he's actually on a flight there are other rumors about where he might be.
Obviously -- for protecting and enhancing invasion that's going to be a big issue for the Chinese currency -- leverage when they meet.
To talk about other things -- secretary Geithner and Secretary Clinton.
I think that.
President Obama struggles.
As most presidents do.
To champion human rights and -- the same time balance.
A rising China that is different in 2012 and it might have been in 2004.
And it might in 2016 Mitt Romney's been very catalyst criticism of president Obama's China policy saying.
That we confront the one to the government's one -- one child policy the denial political liberties violation of human rights he wants to designate them accurate currency manipulators.
It's not going to be as easy for him as he thinks and if he's president next year he's gonna have to manage the same ties with China we needed diplomatic -- -- Relationship with them to deal with Iran Syria many other issues North Korea.
And it's becoming increasingly challenging because of the action up there economic strength drugs.
We did have a president who shows how you balance Sutherland and negotiations.
And -- championing of human rights and everything that we believe that was Ronald Reagan.
He conducted negotiations with the Soviets he.
-- stand -- essentially in the Cold War when Gorbachev well at the same time.
And -- really unabashedly and without hesitation denouncing the evil empire and its evil deeds.
And he worked extremely hard to get a lot of dissidents out of the Soviet Union.
We had the the president's Obama's.
John -- oh all right -- Brendon talking about.
Having a balanced approach to the crisis now in the US embassy.
In China would what does that mean a balanced approach -- should be an unbalanced approach we ought to denounce.
The harassment of him -- his wife and child have been.
Harassed and beaten over this issue at the same time and negotiate I don't -- it's impossible to do and I think the -- way.
Is that the way to go I think Obama particularly after he's released and inevitably -- and end up here.
Having political asylum we -- to speak out strongly on his behalf and on behalf of his issues that.