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China activist Chen Guangcheng's passport ready

  • Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng says he and his family have completed passport applications, which should be ready within 15 days.

    Last month the blind activist escaped house arrest in the eastern Chinese village of Shandong and fled to Beijing, where he spent six days at the U.S. embassy but left after initially accepting assurances by Chinese authorities of his safety.

    Chen had been confined to his home following a four-year prison sentence over his legal support for victims of forced abortions and sterilizations.

    He has been offered a fellowship at an American university, according to the U.S. State Department.

    This comes after Beijing said the self-taught lawyer and activist could apply to study abroad.

     

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