Chen Guangcheng: What's ahead for Chinese dissident now in the US?
Now that Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has reached the United States, both Beijing and Washington are hoping to put what could have been a tense diplomatic situation behind them.
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Mr. Chen’s flight from the Chinese capital arrived in Newark, New Jersey, about 6 p.m. Saturday. From there, he was to travel to New York University in Manhattan where he has been invited to study as a fellow at the NYU School of Law.
Both Chinese and US officials issued low-key statements during the day.
"Chen Guangcheng is a Chinese citizen. China's relevant departments have handled the procedures for exiting the country in accordance with the law," the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement faxed to the Reuters news agency.
"We welcome this development and the fact that he will be able to pursue a course of study here in the United States," Rhodes said during the Group of Eight summit the United States is hosting at Camp David, Maryland. "We are pleased that this was able to reach a resolution."
But Chen’s story inevitably draws attention to China’s record on human rights and freedom of political dissent.