The following is an excerpt from KEITH JOHNSON and JOSH CHIN in Beijing and JAY SOLOMON in Washington | May 3, 2012 | WSJ.com |
Amid mounting criticism, U.S. officials reignited talks with Beijing over the fate of a blind Chinese activist whose about-face on a deal keeping him in China threatened a cascade of humiliating diplomatic and political embarrasments.
A dramatic day of negotiations ended with the most extraordinary moment yet in the week-old affair: the dissident, Chen Guangcheng, addressing a U.S. congressional panel over a cellphone held up by an American Christian activist.
Mr. Chen phoned into the Capitol Hill hearing from his hospital room and requested free passage to the U.S. and a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in Beijing until Friday for economic talks. “I hope I can get more help from her,” he said, his comments translated to a congressional briefing room filled with lawmakers, journalists and human-rights activists.
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