Time to ‘interfere’

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China's Vice President Xi Jinping meets U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on May 3, 2012. Clinton is in China for bilateral talks and has called on China to protect human rights in the wake of Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng's escape from detention and request to leave the country.

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  • President #Obama’s response to Chen will set a tone in US-Chinese relations that could reverberate for years.

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  • “Noninterference” will be essentially impossible for #America if Chen formally applies for political asylum.

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  • Chen’s asylum case will almost certainly affect the outcome of the political struggles exemplified by Bo Xilai’s fall.

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  • #America must not be a well-bred doormat on Chen’s asylum request or on any other bilateral issue with #China

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