Ira Belkin, Executive Director of the U.S. Asia Law Institute at New York University School of Law and a program officer on law and rights at the Ford Foundation in Beijing, and Jerome Cohen, Professor at NYU Law School and a senior fellow for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, discuss whether there is a chasm between law and the rule of law in China and look at the relationship between politics and law in China.
Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng's daring escape from house arrest late last month set off a round of diplomatic tug-of-war between Chinese and American officials attempting to conduct high level strategic talks. After at first agreeing to stay in China, Chen changed his mind, publicly declaring his desire to leave the country last week. Details of Chen’s travels to the U.S. have not been finalized, but behind the scenes, intense negotiations and preparations continue. Jerome Cohen has been working to help make arrangements for Chen to travel to the US to study at NYU, and has been in touch with Chen regularly.