Chinese activist may be allowed to leave
The US and China have forged the outlines of a deal to end a diplomatic stand-off over legal activist Chen Guangcheng, with Beijing saying he can apply to go abroad for study and Washington saying he has been offered an American fellowship. After three days of fraught, behindthe-scenes and emotional calls by Mr Chen from a guarded hospital room, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said progress had been made in granting the activist’s wish to take his family abroad. She said she was encouraged by a Chinese foreign ministry statement that said Mr Chen may apply to leave the country. He has been offered a fellowship at an American university and may take his family, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.