Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, whose daring escape last week from house arrest is straining U.S.-Chinese relations, said Thursday that he wanted to leave his home country with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Clinton is currently in China for a previously scheduled meeting on unrelated topics. Chinese officials and Chen had forged a deal where Chen would stay in China—a wish of his—and teach at a university, but the deal appeared to be in limbo on Thursday after Chen said he had only made it after his wife and family were threatened. Chen is currently in a medical facility in Beijing.
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