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Chen should return to China, Prof. Cohen

Prof. Jerome Cohen

According to Hong Kong media, Prof. Jerome Cohen, who made a great contribution in helping Chen Guangcheng 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 the 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 a 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 an 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.

About chankaiyee2

Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee

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