Think about it - the guy is blind, but managed to sneak past his guards, swim across a river and gain entrance to the U.S. Embassy. Blind! Yes, a woman did help him, but it is still quite a feat. And the Chinese arrested the woman - then released her! How much of a crisis could it have been?
Then Secretary Clinton steps in, talks him into LEAVING the embassy and go to a hospital, where he is once again at the mercy of the Chinese government. Strangely, nothing happens. And the next thing we know, Chen is accepted for a fellowship in the U.S. and China gives him the green light, without much fuss!
Astounding - ***IF*** it were really a crisis.
But consider - the last thing China wants is for Romney to be president. They much prefer the groveling Obama, whom they can manipulate. So I think this "crisis" was artificially created in an effort to make a hero out of Obama for having "saved" a dissident who was never at risk in the first place.