Chen Guangcheng

Chen Guangcheng is a blind self-taught lawyer and famous human rights activist in China. He became internationally known for filing a law suit against a local government for its excessive enforcement of China’s one-child policy. Chen was placed under house-arrest in 2010 and was isolated from outside contact. In April 2012, he successfully escaped and entered the US embassy in Beijing. The following month he was exiled to United States following an agreement between Beijing and Washington and has been studying at New York University ever since.  


NYU drops claim friend of Chen Guangcheng tried to spy on dissident

Chen Guangcheng attends the 2013 Tom Lantos Human Rights Prize ceremony in Washington. Photo: Reuters

New York University has withdrawn its claim that a close supporter of Chen Guangcheng, a dissident affiliated with the university until this summer, had tried to spy on Chen by giving him an iPad and iPhone loaded with hidden spyware, saying it was a "misunderstanding".

Tuesday, 10 December, 2013, 9:27pm

Hillary Clinton sheds light on Wang Lijun and Chen Guangcheng asylum requests

Hillary Clinton reacts during the Chatham House Prize award ceremony in central London, on October 11. Photo: AP

Former US secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton has revealed how two diplomatic crises that threatened the stability of ties with China were defused last year.

At the Chatham House think tank in London last week, Clinton spoke about the events surrounding the flight of former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun to the US consulate in Chengdu in February last year.

18 Oct 2013 - 12:52pm 4 comments

Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng to join conservative US think tank

Chen Guangcheng. Photo: AFP

Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese dissident and legal rights activist who accused New York University of forcing him to leave this summer because of alleged pressure from the Chinese government, will be joining The Witherspoon Institute, a conservative think tank.

2 Oct 2013 - 9:28am

Blind activist Chen Guangcheng accuses Beijing of targeting his family

Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng. Photo: AFP

Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng on Tuesday accused Beijing authorities of cracking down on members of his family, calling on President Barack Obama to intervene.

25 Sep 2013 - 10:13am 3 comments

Blind activist Chen Guangcheng faces tough road in redefining himself in US

Activist Chen Guangcheng at a Taipei book launch. Photo: Reuters

During the past year, the blind legal activist has given speeches and collected human rights awards in Europe and the US, where he eventually ended up after his harrowing flight from his home in rural Shandong .

30 Jun 2013 - 5:25am

Taiwan's DPP courts blind activist Chen Guangcheng

Chen Guangcheng (left) and the the DPP's Su Tseng-chang hold a new book by activists, China, the Book of Living and Dying. Photo: Reuters

Blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng, who fled house arrest in China and sought refuge in the US embassy in Beijing last year, was yesterday received by the head of Taiwan's pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, while officials from the ruling Kuomintang kept their distance.

27 Jun 2013 - 5:00am

Chen Guangcheng praises Taiwan democratisation as example for mainland China

Chen Guang-cheng

Blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng, who sparked a diplomatic crisis between China and the United States when he fled house arrest and sought refuge at the US embassy in Beijing, said yesterday that Taiwan's democratisation was a "precious experience" for mainland China.

26 Jun 2013 - 7:42am 3 comments

Democratisation of China inevitable, blind activist Chen Guangcheng says

Chen Guangcheng (left) addresses a media conference in Taipei yesterday. Photo: EPA

Democratisation of the mainland was "inevitable" as the growing demands of ordinary people for rights put immense pressure on the government, blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng said yesterday.

25 Jun 2013 - 4:32am 5 comments

Blind activist Chen Guangcheng arrives in Taiwan on 'human rights trip'

Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng arrives in Taiwan's airport. Photo: AP

Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng arrived in Taipei on Monday on what organisers called a “trip for freedom and human rights”, likely to spark Chinese anger.

Chen flew to the northern Taoyuan airport late on Sunday night from the United States, after New York University announced earlier this month that it would be parting ways with the dissident.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

NYU official denies role in ending Chen Guangcheng's studies

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A Shanghai-based New York University official yesterday denied any knowledge of political pressure by Beijing that led the US institution to end dissident Chen Guangcheng's studies.

23 Jun 2013 - 6:11am 2 comments

US gifts to Chen Guangcheng 'bugged with tracking devices'

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When Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng arrived in the United States in May last year he was given a fellowship at New York University, use of a Greenwich Village apartment, and a pile of gifts from supporters, including smartphones and an iPad.

22 Jun 2013 - 10:02am 5 comments

Chen Guangcheng called an oblivious 'chess piece' in China-US relations

Chinese dissident activist Chen Guangcheng with US lawmaker John Boehner in 2012. Photo: AFP

As soon as the US realises co-operation with China is what prevails, Chen would be “consumed in a one-off manner” and abandoned as a “cumbersome asset”, the Global Times said in an editorial.

21 Jun 2013 - 10:15am 3 comments

Friends fear right-wing connections will hit Chen Guangcheng's credibility

Chen Guangcheng at New York University last June. Photo: NYT

Blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng's association with those in right-wing politics in the US is likely to hurt his reputation and credibility as a human rights advocate, according to scholars and people familiar with him.

19 Jun 2013 - 10:45am 7 comments

Chen Guangcheng misled by his new right-wing 'friends'

Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng. Photo: Reuters

There is abortion that has to do with a woman's right to choose. Then there is abortion that has to do with violent state-sanctioned late-term terminations and sterilisations. Blind dissident Chen Guangcheng did a great service in exposing such cruel practices by officials in Shandong as one of the worst excesses of China's one-child policy.

19 Jun 2013 - 1:26am

China activist Chen Guangcheng revives concern on US academic freedom

Chen Guangcheng accuses NYU of of surrendering to “unrelenting pressure” from Beijing. Photo: AFP

Charges by a top activist that New York University dismissed him due to Chinese influence have added fuel to concerns over Beijing’s educational clout which critics say hurts US academic freedom.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am