Chinese dissident hoping to visit Taiwan this year
CNAWASHINGTON--Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, who is studying law at New York University, said Tuesday that he plans to visit Taiwan this year, but has not decided upon a precise date.
January 31, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
“Definitely this year” he will make the visit, Chen told reporters at the end of a human rights award ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., in which he was honored with the 2012 Tom Lantos Human Rights Prize.
Chen was invited to visit Taiwan last year by Lin Chia-lung, a lawmaker of Taiwan's opposition Democratic Progressive Party, during a visit Lin made to New York.
Lin also invited the human rights activist, who suffered years of persecution in China for his legal actions against forced abortion and for citizens' rights, to deliver a speech at the Legislative Yuan.
The 41-year-old self taught lawyer, who was blinded by fever in infancy, caused a diplomatic tussle last April when he fled house arrest in rural China and sought refuge at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. China subsequently let him leave for the U.S.