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Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after meeting with Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng and his wife, Yuan Weijing, in New York City:
“It was an honor and a privilege to meet Chen Guangcheng and his wife, Yuan Weijing, today in New York to discuss their views about recent developments in China.
"The situation of Mr. Chen's family and supporters, especially his nephew Chen Kegui, is of urgent concern. Chen Kegui has been detained by Chinese authorities for defending himself against intruders and has not been allowed access to legal representation. It is essential that we continue to shine a bright light on Mr. Chen’s family and the many Chinese people who are fighting against corruption and for the rule of law in China.
"The courage of Chen Guangcheng to risk his life and livelihood to advocate for disadvantaged people in China is an inspiration to freedom-seeking people around the world; it is an honor to hear his views about recent developments in China. I look forward to working with him to promote the rule of law in China."