Beijing: There is a lot of pressure on US in helping the Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng to flee China after he urged to be allowed to leave China on the plane of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, The Daily Telegraph said.
The activist spoke to the newspaper from his hospital bed that he now felt unsafe in China and wanted to leave after knowing his wife was nearly beaten to death while in detention in a police station.
Mrs Clinton yesterday ensured the blind dissident that she would do everything what she could to rescue him and his family and tried her best to grant them asylum in the US.
“Even the hospital is a precarious place for this extraordinary human rights hero. The durable solution was, is and continues to be asylum,” said Chris Smith, the Republican congressman.
Mr Chen said: “The Chinese side guaranteed my freedom and my legal rights. But yesterday evening I saw that my phone was being controlled and I heard what had happened to my family and I now feel unsafe. I want to leave China, which is also what the White House had originally advised me to do.”
He told Melinda Liu, a journalist who has known him for more than a decade, that he wanted a seat on Mrs Clinton’s plane.