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Blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng said during a public appearance today in New York that he hopes China can follow its own laws and that he can return to his native country after studying in the U.S.
If China’s national imperative today is reform, the greatest threat to that goal is the massive influence and institutionalized corruption of the country’s entrenched elites, writes Asia Society Senior Fellow Jamie Metzl.
The arrival of Chen Guangcheng in the U.S. after years of prison and house arrest raises the larger question of what the incident will mean to the status of dissidents in China and in U.S.-China relations, writes Orville Schell.