Chinese activist says transforming China is international matter

Exiled Chinese human rights advocate Chen Guangcheng, whose flight from China last year stirred a diplomatic row between Beijing and Washington, said Wednesday at a meeting in Taiwan that China is at a critical juncture, urging the world to help push its transformation.

"At this critical juncture of transformation, many Chinese people are awakening, but they are still in the process of overcoming their fear," Chen told Su Tseng-chang, chairman of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party.

"During the process, they need the concern and support of the outside world and there are many things the international community can do," the Chinese dissident said.

Chen urged "those who have conscience and a sense of justice" to "treat the bad guys the way they deserve."

He said he provided a list of what he called "corrupt" officials, who have been persecuting him and his family since 2005, to a U.S. congressional subcommittee in April and requested the U.S. government to add them to a list of persona non grata.

Since his escape from the "devil's talons," Chen said he is happy to make friends with those who care about social justice, human rights, freedom of speech and people's welfare.

"I don't care about political parties nor do I care about people's races," he said, adding, "I care much about the Taiwanese people."

While social turmoil has become common in China, Chen said any regime using high-handed measures to suppress its own people is doomed to fall.

DPP chairman Su said he hopes Taiwan's past fight for freedom and democracy can act as a source of encouragement for Chinese people and human rights activists in China.

"Sometimes it seems the suppresser is at upper hand, but we are confident that one day the suppressed will prevail," Su said.

Chen, who arrived in Taiwan on Sunday and is to return to the United States on July 11, is scheduled to speak at universities, visit nongovernmental organizations as well as politicians and launch a book during his visit.

He was jailed in China between 2006 and 2010 for helping people forced to have abortions or sterilizations and was subsequently detained at his home in northern China's Shandong Province for 18 months.

He escaped in April last year, taking refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

Following days of negotiations, Beijing agreed to let Chen and his family leave China.