What's Really Behind the Conflict Over Chen Guangcheng

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On this episode of China Focus, a discussion on what's behind the conflicting messages Chinese authorities gave dissident Chen Guangcheng—and why this may be related to a high-level political power struggle within the Communist Party.

Background:

Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng left the US Embassy in Beijing on May 2, escorted by Ambassador Gary Locke to a hospital in Beijing. He is slated to be reunited with his family there. Chen had told his lawyer, "I'm free. I've received clear assurances." But then later, Chen said he had gotten a message that Chinese authorities threatened that if he didn't leave the Embassy, his wife would be beaten to death. Who gave the assurances, and who made the threats? And how does this relate to infighting among top Party leaders?

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