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China Allows Dissident to Leave

China says it will allow him to leave. Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese activist who triggered a diplomatic crisis when he took refuge in the U.S. Embassy last week, has been offered placement at New York University. The Chinese government says it will allow Guangcheng to leave the country under a normal study-abroad application, which they are expected to expedite due to pressure. His wife and two children will also be able to accompany him. Guangcheng originally indicated he wanted to seek political asylum in America, but later changed his request to just a “break” before returning to China.

May 4, 2012 9:39 PM