NEW YORK (AP) — A Chinese activist who was the subject of delicate diplomatic negotiations says Chinese citizens should stop tolerating lawlessness among their leaders.
Chen Guangcheng (chehn gwahng-chung) spoke Thursday in Manhattan at the Council on Foreign Relations, an international affairs think tank.
Chen says the era of cover-ups of illegal behavior by government officials is fast coming to an end in his homeland.
He says modern-day communications make it impossible for anyone to keep a secret.
But Chen says officials will still only change if citizens refuses to accept corruption.
Chen made a dramatic escape from a brutal house arrest in his rural village last month after seven years of imprisonment.
U.S. diplomats helped negotiate his exit from the country.