According to Hong Kong media, Prof. Cohen who made great contribution in helping Chen move to America, is of the opinion that Chen should go back to China when he has completed his study, but it depends on the situation there.
SCMP’s Teddy Ng reports that Prof. Cohen said “He (Chen) wants to go back to China and he should go back to China. That’s our goal. It is hard to be a foreigner here and for a refugee trying to have an impact.” According to Teddy Ng, “Cohen said Chen understood that few activists had had much success trying to influence domestic reform after leaving the country.”
According to Singtao Daily, Prof. Cohen told Hong Kong media in an interview that at first US government did not want to accept Chen Guangcheng but due to luck it finally succeeded in taking Chen. He said that though blind, Chen was strong in analysis. Chen would soon begin his study perhaps next week.
Chen gets one-year scholarship and will study US and international laws and comparison of laws. The lessons will be given in Chinese and lots of fine research workers from the PRC and Taiwan will help him.
Prof. Cohen said Chen was lucky to have been able to move to America. At first the Chinese government was not willing to allow him leave for fear that other dissidents would learn from his example. America also wanted Chen to stay in China. Chen could have remained in the embassy or received a special arrangement to study in Tianjin or Shanghai. However neither arrangement was the best choice.
Prof Cohen disclosed that Chen changed his mind and wanted to leave for America at the hospital because his friend Teng Biao’s persuasion and the beating suffered by his wife made him feel unsafe. Though there were lots of contradictions in the whole saga, there was no conspiracy in it. However, he suspected that there might be internal power struggle in China so that Chen might be able to flee to the American Embassy without hindrance.
Prof. Cohen says whether Chen will be able to return to China depends on what he will say in America. Chen is disabled himself. If he fights for the rights and interests of the disabled, there will be opportunity for him to return.
Prof. Cohen, 82, is a well-known China law expert in America. In the 1960s, he interviewed Mainland refugee immigrants in Hong Kong and studied China’s criminal procedures.
He met Premier Zhou Enlai in his first visit to China in 1972 and was received by Deng Xiaoping in 1977. In addition, he has been Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou’s teacher.
Ming Pao reports: Former student movement leader Chai Ling says that blind Chinese rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng speaks much positive of the Chinese government when he has arrived at the United States, giving her the impression that Chen is under control when he speaks.
Chen and his family have arrived at New York. He is happy that he has finally come out and expresses his gratitude many times.
Chen and his family arrived at Newark Liberty Airport, New Jersey by a United Airlines flight at about 600am Hong Kong time today. Accompanied by his wife Yuen Weijing and Jorome Cohen, a professor of the Law Faculty in New York University, he arrived at the university to meet media. It was the first time he met media in public after he fled house arrest from his house to the American embassy and was then hospitalized.
He began his speech by saying, “Through lots of twists and turns, I have finally come out from Shandong.” He said that it was through the assistance of lots of friends that he was able to succeed in fleeing house arrest. Regarding Chinese government’s attitude in dealing with the matter, he was very happy to see Chinese government’s “restraint and soberness”.
Chai Ling who has long been absent in public, specially brought flowers to welcome Chan. She said that for some time in the past, they had all prayed hard for Chen and hoped that he would regain his freedom. Seeing the day of freedom finally comes, she is really happy for Chen.
However, when she found that Chen spoke much positive about the Chinese government throughout his meeting with media, Chai Ling said it was not the Chen Guangcheng she knew.
Chai Ling said that Chen could not be really free in his speech when he was surrounded by media immediately after his arrival at theUnited States. What he said throughout the meeting was very courteous and polite as if he was under control. As for under whose control, Chai Ling said with a profound air, “That’s unknown.”
Chai Ling said, it was perhaps because Chen was still worried about the safety of his relatives back home or he had been misled. She hopes that Chen will really obtain freedom of speech and freedom of expression to the media.
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