China demands apology after escaped activist emerges from US Embassy
Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has left the U.S. embassy in Beijing to seek medical care and join his family, as China demanded an apology from the United States on the eve of key talks between the two powers.
(CNN) BEIJING - Chen Guangcheng's presence in the U.S. Embassy had prompted a flurry of diplomatic activity between the United States and China. The situation has threatened to overshadow U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's scheduled meetings with senior Chinese leaders this week.
"The U.S. handling of this was interference in Chinese domestic affairs, and this is totally unacceptable to China," Liu Weimin, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said in comments reported by the state-run news agency Xinhua.