Mr. Chen has taken refuge in our embassy, we will not have him leave until we get iron-clad assurance from the Chinese leadership that he will be free, that he and his family will not be touched or harassed should be our position? Iron-clad assurances? Can we trust China without verification? We can’t monitor the situation very well if he is released into Chinese custody, but what would/could we do were the assurances to turn out not to be so very iron-clad? Complain to the U.N.? I have no idea what we could or would do that might do much more than disable some folks in China with fits of laughter. Perhaps we should just allow Mr. Chen to remain in the embassy indefinitely.

self evident truths

Chen Guangcheng, a man much braver than I’d likely be, has apparently taken sanctuary in the American embassy in Beijing. Chen has been pursuing legal means to get the Chinese dictatorship to stop forcing Chinese women to have abortions.

And, because he’s run afoul of a brutal dictatorship intent on forcing women to have abortions to enforce China’s one child policy, Chen has been hounded, harassed, and imprisoned without even the semblance of due process.

In short, Chen’s human rights have been trampled on. Now that he is in our embassy (assuming that is true), it falls to us to stand up for human rights. This isn’t something that’s happening in Syria or Egypt. This is happening on the equivalent of U.S. soil: our sovereign embassy.

What to do? China is a big dog economically; they are the dominant military power in Asia. Our relationship with them is not the…

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I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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  1. This article suggests the only option other than indefinite residence within the embassy (not a great solution) that seems viable.

    President Obama should immediately and unconditionally offer Chen political asylum in the United States. If he accepts, then the United States should provide him with safe passage from Beijing to the United States, with or without the permission of the Chinese dictators, and by whatever means – transparent or opaque – are considered necessary.

    Should Chen choose to remain within the People’s Republic, in order to pursue his political agenda from within his own country, President Obama should release him from the Embassy to whomsoever he may choose, but without any further United States’ protection. To do otherwise would be to transgress upon sovereign rights. And the United States has no justification for so transgressing, unless it chooses to declare war on the People’s Republic. Such a declaration, of course, would be extremely unwise, and almost certainly would be political suicide for the Obama administration.

    In addition to Mr. Chen’s possible desire to remain within China for patriotic reasons, there are questions about what would happen to his remaining family members. I do not know whether Mr. Chen would accept asylum in the United States; perhaps he should be asked that question.

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