Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng - I feel very good about the future
BLIND Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, who arrived in New York on Saturday, says China's handling of the local officials who harassed and abused him and his family will determine whether they take responsibility for the abuse.
In one of his first interviews since arriving in the United States to study in New York City, Chen said the rough treatment of his family and supporters who helped him escape house arrest last month should be "thoroughly investigated", and the people responsible should be "prosecuted".
"The harm that has been done to me and my family in Shandong over these years, no matter how senior the official that is in involved, even if it is someone within the central party system, they must be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted."
Mr Guangcheng escaped from detention in eastern China where he had been kept since 2010.
After his escape, he sought refuge at the US Embassy in Beijing for six days, embarrassing China and creating an awkward backdrop for US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to improve ties between the world's two biggest economies.
He arrived in New York with his wife and two children on Saturday after China let him leave a Beijing hospital to quell a diplomatic rift with the United States.
But Mr Guangcheng said he now felt optimistic and confident about his future.
"I feel optimistic. I have felt the kindness of the people around me. I have totally confidence in the future. No matter what happens, I feel very good about the future."