Human rights showdown awaits Clinton in Beijing
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is headed to Beijing, scene of a tense human rights showdown as activists say talks are continuing between China and the U.S. over the fate of a blind Chinese lawyer who escaped house arrest.
U.S. officials are said to be protecting Chen Guangcheng, a lawyer who exposed forced abortions and sterilizations as part of China's one-child policy.
Efforts to strike a deal for Chen's future didn't materialize before Clinton left the United States. His fate has threatened to overshadow the high-level strategic and economic talks between the world's two biggest economic powers.
Neither country is saying much publicly about the case. Clinton arrives in Beijing early Wednesday.
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