By Bridget O’Donnell
Talk about some damning evidence. A photo gallery posted by PAS China on Flickr shows blind lawyer/Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng arriving at the US Embassy earlier this week. In the photos, Chen is seen smiling and, at one point, embracing US Ambassador Gary Locke. Later pictures show him being reunited with his family at the Chaoyang Hospital, with US officials standing in the background.
The photos stand in stark contrast to Chen’s statements to media late two nights ago that the US officials seemed to be distancing themselves from him. Chen also told both CNN and the AP that he no longer felt safe in China.
The incident is overshadowing the Strategic and Economic Dialogue, a two-day series of talks between China and the US.
Flickr images via PAS China.