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Lawmaker, university spar over 'control' of Chinese dissident in U.S.

By Paul Eckert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. congressman who has been blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng's main champion in Washington said people working for New York University have tried to keep him from meeting Chen, barging into a meeting on Capitol Hill and pulling Chen out on one occasion. U.S. Representative Chris Smith, an outspoken supporter of Chinese dissidents since the 1980s, described repeated instances of various people he says were from NYU interfering in his attempts to meet with Chen.

China grants dissident's brother passport ahead of Xi-Obama meet

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - China has granted passports to the mother and eldest brother of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng which they hope to use to visit him in the United States, the brother said in Friday, a concession by Beijing ahead of a Sino-U.S. summit. The treatment of Chen Guangcheng's family has received prominent attention from the United States, especially as Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama meet this week in California.

China dissident's brother, mother given passports

The brother of blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, whose flight to the US embassy last year provoked a diplomatic crisis, has been given his first ever passport by authorities in Beijing, he said Friday. The development comes on the day that Chinese President Xi Jinping is to start his first summit with President Barack Obama in California. Chen Guangfu now plans to travel to Taiwan to meet his brother, who now lives in the US after his dramatic escape from house arrest last year, which infuriated Chinese authorities.

Kerry phones China over dissident's nephew, can't reach minister

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry tried calling Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to discuss the imprisoned nephew of blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng but Wang was not available, the State Department said on Friday. Wang was said to be in Singapore on Friday for meetings with senior officials there. State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell told reporters Kerry had tried to call Wang Thursday and would follow up.

Kerry to press China on activist's sick nephew

US Secretary of State John Kerry was Thursday preparing to appeal to Beijing to help the seriously-ill jailed nephew of Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng. Chen Kegui, arrested last year in what supporters allege was retribution by authorities over his uncle's escape from house arrest, has been denied medical parole despite suffering from life-threatening acute appendicitis.

Chinese activist's nephew 'denied medical parole'

The jailed nephew of Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng has been denied medical parole despite suffering from life-threatening acute appendicitis, the prisoner's father said Tuesday. Chen Kegui, arrested last year in what supporters allege was retribution by authorities over his uncle's escape from house arrest, needs hospital treatment as his appendix is in danger of rupturing, his father Chen Guangfu said. "We have applied for medical parole but the prison did not approve it," he told AFP.

Health fears raised for Chinese activist's nephew

A lawyer for the jailed nephew of Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng appealed for help from the United Nations on Monday, saying that without medical attention the prisoner risks death. Chen Kegui, who was arrested a year ago in what supporters allege was retribution by Chinese authorities, has appendicitis and needs hospital treatment as his appendix is believed to be rupturing, the lawyer said.

Escaped activist’s family faces threats in China

A brother of Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng said Wednesday that the family still faces persecution from authorities despite assurances that it would be treated in accordance with Chinese law when the activist was allowed to travel to the U.S. after escaping from house arrest.The self-taught rights lawyer’s escape from house arrest in eastern China last April set off a diplomatic tussle between Beijing and Washington before he eventually was allowed to move to the United States. U.S.
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