Excerpted from CNN’s Newsroom:
HRIC Executive Director Sharon Hom: This is on the eve of U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, and the U.S. has to handle this very sensitively. However, it's happening at an incredible time of rampant corruption, and the ordinary people in China have just had it. It is so clear that this government has had at the highest level this kind of corruption.
Chen Guangcheng’s case shows what happens at the individual level, how these thugs were monitoring his family, all without legal basis. So I think that what will happen following his escape will have severe ramifications not only for the U.S.'s strategic dialogue, but how sensitively the Chinese government handles this will also have severe ramifications domestically.
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