House Republicans plan to use the case of Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng to attack President Obama’s human rights record next week.
The House Foreign Affairs panel on human rights has scheduled a hearing Tuesday that will examine U.S. diplomats’ handling of Chen’s case as well as what the U.S. is doing to protect his friends and extended family from Chinese repression.
The hearing will also focus on Chen’s fight against forced abortions and sterilizations, which Republicans say is supported by a United Nations program that Democrats want to keep funding.
Subcommittee Chairman Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and others say the administration has gone overboard to keep good relations with the Chinese, with little progress on human rights to show for it. Obama, the winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, has been “coddling” the Chinese regime, Smith said.