By Pete Kasperowicz - 05/04/12 08:44 PM EDT
"While China has reportedly agreed to let Chen leave, U.S. officials must not assume that Beijing will actually allow this to happen," she said Friday. "Only when Chen arrives on American soil and is granted political asylum will we know that this issue is resolved and his freedom and safety are assured."
"U.S. officials made a mistake by escorting Chen away from the safety of the U.S. Embassy and into an uncertain fate," she said. "To avoid another harmful error, the State Department must press China to carry out its commitments. We cannot assume that this saga has been resolved."
Another Foreign Affairs Committee member, Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), held a hearing on Chen on Thursday, and said he was trying to arrange another next week to hear from administration officials.