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Susan Shirk on Chinese Activist Chen Guangcheng

Blind Dissident's Escape: an 'Opportunity' for Chinese Government?

PBS NewsHour

Susan Shirk featured on PBS NewHour on the discussion of Chen Guangcheng and the Chinese government.

Summary: As Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng declared his freedom in a YouTube video, President Obama declined to speak directly Monday about the delicate diplomatic situation. Gwen Ifill discusses the story's significance and how it unfolded with Susan Shirk of the University of California, San Diego and Voice of America's Sasha Gong. 

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Susan Shirk is the chair of the 21st Century China Program and Ho Miu Lam Professor of China and Pacific Relations at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) at UC San Diego. She also is director emeritus of the University of California system-wide Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) and chair of the IGCC International Advisory Board.

In 1993, she founded, and continues to lead, the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue (NEACD), an unofficial “track-two” forum for discussions of security issues among defense and foreign ministry officials and academics from the United States, Japan, China, Russia, and the Koreas.

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