As China becomes wealthier and more influential, its government has grown no more tolerant of dissent, especially when it comes to criticism of human rights. That has been especially clear since a man known as the blind dissident fled to the American embassy in Beijing three years ago. Chen Guangcheng is now in the United States and has written a book about his experiences. He recently spoke with NPR's Anthony Kuhn.
ANTHONY KUHN, BYLINE: In February of 2006, I traveled to the farmland of eastern Shandong province to interview Chen Guangcheng. He was under house arrest, closely guarded by men armed with clubs. I couldn't get into Chen's village, so I stayed with a family of peanut farmers nearby. Their simple fa...
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