Jon Stewart Reports On ‘Chensanity’

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Jon Stewart on Thursday turned his attention to the United States’ “current debt holders and future overlords” — China.

The U.S. and China are involved in a sensitive diplomatic situation involving blind human-rights activist Chen Guangcheng, who last week escaped house arrest and fled to the U.S. embassy in Beijing days before Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner arrived for diplomatic talks.“Way to go, Chen!” Stewart said. “I mean, how inconsiderate can you get, blind human activist Chen.”

So, Chen escaped his state oppressors during a high-profile U.S. diplomatic trip, Stewart said. “No biggie.”

Since Stewart’s taping, Chen has accepted a fellowship to study in the U.S. Earlier, he said he wanted to leave China on Clinton’s plane and even wanted to “kiss” her.

“I love this guy,” Stewart said. “Mom? Can we keep him? Things look pretty good, right? The U.S. looks like a beacon of freedom. China looks slightly more progressive for letting Chen go. And we all get to pretend our iPhones aren’t made by slave labor. It’s a win-win.”

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