Christiane speaks to two powerful women trying to change the military justice system.
Flesh and bones
Jerome Cohen, an American lawyer and friend of Chen Guangcheng, appeared on Amanpour today. He has been in contact with the Chinese dissident ever since his escape from house arrest, advising him on how best to secure his freedom and safety with the help of U.S. authorities.
According to Cohen, “Chen’s first choice was to stay in China…to study law, to take part in China’s further legal development, and to have free communication.” Cohen quoted him as saying, “I want simply the rights of every other Chinese citizen.”
At first, it seemed that the Chinese had agreed to let Chen remain in the country. Said Cohen, “We know the bare bones of the agreement. How flesh would be put on those bones remains to be seen.”
Cohen added, “China is evolving. This is the twenty-first century. The political system lags behind the rest of China’s progress. The time is right for legal progress.”
Part 1: America rushing for Afghan exit? Will America's time in Afghanistan be seen as a success or is their military handover premature? Part 2: Mitt Romney's foreign policy Foreign Policy adviser Richard Williamson lays out U.S. presidential candidate, Mitt Romney's vision Part 3: A war at the top of the world Since 1984 Pakistan and India have fought in Siachen, the Himalayan glacier one thousand feet above sea level.
Will America's time in Afghanistan be seen as a success or is their military handover premature?
Foreign Policy adviser Richard Williamson lays out U.S. presidential candidate, Mitt Romney's vision.
Since 1984 Pakistan and India have fought in Siachen, the Himalayan glacier one thousand feet above sea level.
Episode #13: Wednesday, May 2, 2012.
by Christiane Amanpour
The Shawshank Prevention – “Blind man,” and “U.S Embassy” are among the terms vanishing from China’s censored social media – the Chinese are resorting to code words like Shawshank. CNN broadcasts specifically dealing with issue on AMANPOUR. and AC360 are blacked out at times. http://bit.ly/JRLukT
U.S. & China relations no longer center on human rights, look at what Nancy Pelosi told me just a a couple of weeks ago (watch around 2:30 into the video, or see text just below):
AMANPOUR: What do you make of the fact that you were very vocal, that there shouldn't be, you know, the most favored nation relations between the United States and China, until they cooperated properly on human rights?
And it's not really a key plank of the Obama administration or any administration, (inaudible).
PELOSI: No, it hasn't been for any president, Democrat or Republican. But in Congress, there is –was bipartisan support for saying we want intellectuals to be treated the same way as you treat intellectual property.
We were willing to say that the Chinese, unless you stop violating our intellectual property, we're going to have some trade adjustments. But we didn't say that about human rights and intellectuals who were being persecuted.
AMANPOUR: Would you prefer to see a stronger admonition from the administration?
PELOSI: I think it's after the fact. I think 20 years ago, the United States decided to ride the Chinese tiger and China will decide when we don't any more.