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.
Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng called on support for US President Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention on August 26, 2020. The visually impaired human rights activist urged other countries to join Trump’s “fight for our future” and to stop Chinese Communist Party “aggression”. Chen, who is known for speaking out against forced abortions under China’s one-child policy, fled to the US in 2012 with the help of American diplomats during the administration of former president Barack Obama. His escape sparked a diplomatic crisis between Beijing and Washington.