WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she accepted the Chinese government’s explanation that blind dissident Chen Guangcheng has no interest in seeking refuge in the United States. “The entire incident was orchestrated by Chen’s guide dog,” said Clinton.
Clinton explained that the guide dog tricked Chen into a daring escape to the U.S. Embassy last week. Chen believed he was taking the dog outside to urinate, but the dog had other ideas. It was the dog who led high level negotiations with embassy officials to broker a deal for Chen to come to the United States.
“It was a protest about the way China treats canines,” Clinton told reporters. “We will not be taking further action on this matter.”
The dog was taken to a pound where he will share a cell with the canine who belonged to the iconic Tiananmen Square protester who stood up to government tanks.