Chen: I Want to Leave with Hillary

    In this photo released by the US Embassy Beijing Press Office, blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng, center, holds hands with U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke, right, as U.S. State Department Legal Advisor Harold Koh, left, applauds, before leaving the U.S. embassy for a hospital in Beijing Wednesday May 2, 2012. (AP Photo/US Embassy Beijing Press Office,  HO)

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    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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