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The blind man's escape Blind activist Chen Guangcheng escapes house arrest in northeastern China Taking refuge in the U.S. ...
embassy compound in Beijing, he sparks a diplomatic crisis After weeks of tense exchanges, Chinese authorities finally allow Chen to travel to the U.S. with his family to study.
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TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~*NO ACCESS CHINA* ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION The blind man's escape Blind activist Chen Guangcheng escapes house arrest in northeastern China Taking refuge in the U.S. embassy compound in Beijing, he sparks a diplomatic crisis After weeks of tense exchanges, Chinese authorities finally allow Chen to travel to the U.S. with his family to study. The Premier's family riches The report came just before China's once-in-a-decade leadership change, as censors worked overtime to block it Lawyers representing Wen's family rejected the claims - but the spotlight was back on corruption in China's political ranks. No show at the Great Hall Incoming leader Xi Jinping suddenly disappeared from the public eye a month ... before he was due to be handed the top party post Official silence on his whereabouts sparked rumours of ill health, even assassination attempts Xi finally emerged after a two-week absence due to what sources said was a sport injury. Pulling the strings Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin emerged as a key powerbroker in the run-up to the country's leadership change ... not long after rumours of his death Behind the scenes, sources said Jiang pushed allies into senior posts to protect his legacy. Chongqing trilogy Former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun took refuge at the U.S. consulate in the city of Chengdu before being taken away by central government officials An investigation into Wang implicated the wife of Chongqing's flamboyant party chief, Bo Xilai ... in the murder of a British businessman The biggest political scandal of the year culminated into Bo's sacking and his wife being handed a suspended death sentence. ENDS