Nine months after escaping the purgatory of house arrest in China, blind dissident Chen Guangcheng (chehn gwahng-chung) ruminates on the future of the authoritarian system he escaped and comes to a defiant conclusion: He says it's doomed.
Chen says that once the people of China wake up, change will come for sure.
The 41-year-old is receiving a human rights award in Washington Tuesday. He spoke to The Associated Press about his homeland's future and on adapting to life in America, after enduring years of abuse at the hands of officials in his rural community in eastern China. He is now living the more sedate life of a New York University law student.