SMART DIPLOMACY: "'We are ready when he and his government are ready,' said Victoria Nuland, the U.S. State Department spokeswoman, on Tuesday. 'We have been for more than a week now….' Nuland's comments came on the same day that U.S. lawmakers listened to Chen describing reprisals that he said his relatives continue to suffer at the hands of the authorities in Shandong…. 'My elder brother was taken away…. [T]hey came back and started beating up my nephew, and they used stakes and violently beat him up….' [T]wo to three dozen men scaled the wall and broke into his house after midnight, took him away and went back to beat his family…. [He] tried to defend himself and now faces a 'totally trumped-up' charge of attempted homicide…. [R]elatives' homes ha[ve] been broken into and they ha[ve] been beaten by people working for the government. '[A]ll their communication tools are confiscated.' Rep. Christopher Smith, R-New Jersey, described Chen's confinement to his hospital room with his wife and their two children as "virtual house arrest."
Well played, Hillary. Well played.