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U.S. expects dissident Chen Guangcheng to leave China

  • The United States says it expects Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng to leave the country soon.

    Chen has been offered a fellowship at an American university that would enable his family to accompany him, according to the U.S. State Department.

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

    Chen spent nearly six days at the U.S. embassy but left after initially accepting assurances by Chinese authorities of his safety.

    Last month he escaped house arrest in the eastern Chinese village of Shandong and fled to Beijing.

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