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    Default where he had fled? Does "where" here refer to "Beijing"?

    Or refer to "the United States Embassy (in Beijing)"?

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    From my experience, one can see how the Communist Party operates — why it makes promises and what its so-called guarantees mean. It is obvious that Mr. Chen did not understand the emptiness of these promises, which explains why he initially accepted the government’s pledges and left the United States Embassy in Beijing, where he had fled after escaping house arrest in his village, for treatment at a hospital. (On Friday, a tentative agreement that would allow Mr. Chen to travel to the United States as a student was announced.)

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    Default Re: where he had fled? Does "where" here refer to "Beijing"?

    It is not possible to say for certain.
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    Default Re: where he had fled? Does "where" here refer to "Beijing"?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It is not possible to say for certain.
    I guess it refers to "where he had fled to" - Chen fled to Beijing after escaping his house arrest.

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    Default Re: where he had fled? Does "where" here refer to "Beijing"?

    He had fled to the US Embassy, in Beijing.

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    Default Re: where he had fled? Does "where" here refer to "Beijing"?

    But you need to know this.
    The sentence, on its own, could simply mean that he fled to Beijing right away, stayed there for a long time, and then went to the Embassy. There is nothing in the sentence that tells you for sure that he fled to the Embassy.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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