Nightly News | May 02, 2012
>>> the latest now on a story that pult a big strain on the relationship between u.s. and china . the activist that made an escape from house arrest and took refuge at the embassy has left the embassy and his departure is raising a lot of questions. ian williams has the latest.
>> in a beijing hospital for treatment and a family reunion after a deal between the u.s. and china , that now appears to be unraveling. chen gong kweng was brought there. he left the embassy voluntarily after six days preferring to stay in china after assureanced by the chinese authorities about his safety.
>> from day one, his express desire was to remain in china . he sought to be reunited with his family. he was looking for a better life .
>> they said he never once asked for asylum. chinese authorities assured him he wouldn't be mistreated and his allegations of abuse would be investigated and he would get a new home in a university job. but hours later, with u.s. officials gone, chen apparently had a dramatic change of heart . in an emotional telephone interview with nbc news, he said he had only left the embass y because of threats to his family. i demand the u.s. government take concrete action to guarantee my safety and human rights and not consider other interests, he said. i want to leave china , any country is fine. hillary clinton in china today said earlier the deal reflected chen 's choices and the american values . andrea mitchell explains.
>> all this has been a diplomatic nightmare for hillary clinton who went to beying to press china on iran, syria, and korea, but now they're angry about what they call u.s. interference on a domestic issue and the administration on pressure to hold china to account for human rights . now they're almost responsible for insuring his safety.
>> u.s. officials promised to closely monitor his treatment, for years if necessarily. u.s. diplomats returned to see him, but he's no longer under diplomatic protection . china is angry and embarrassed, even demanding an apology, and for chen , leaving the country may no longer be an option.
>> ian williams in beijing tonight, next.