New Chen Guangcheng Comments Say He Doesn't Want US Asylum, Just Wants To Rest And Visit NYU

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Chen Guangcheng has reportedly been in touch with supporter (and key person in his daring escape) Guo Yushan and clarified his response to the ongoing scandal, apparently seeking to end talk of a betrayal by the US. We’ve seen a translation of Guo’s text (from Liz Carter, an active China watcher who tweets at @withoutdoing) and here’s the key points:

  • He doesn’t want asylum in the US, just a few months “rest” in the country (thus he has not changed his mind about asylum, as many appeared to believe). He has a letter of invitation from NYU.
  • He’s extremely grateful for US help, and doesn’t feel coerced or tricked at all.
  • He was upset when he learned of threats to his wife, but he believes that Chinese authorities will deal with the local Shangdong officials for the illegal actions they took against his family.
  • Chen is deeply thankful for the help from international media.

UPDATE: We asked NYU Law’s Jerome A. Cohan about that NYU letter, he said:

There may be an actual letter but better check with the President’s office. Of course, I have made it clear that he has a standing invitation to our NYU Law School US-Asia Law Institute to be a visiting fellow, but he is probably referring to a letter relating to NYU’s Shanghai campus.

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