Group: Chinese activist Chen on way to airport, US-bound

May 19, 2012 08:55

BEIJING - China has allowed blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng to leave a hospital in Beijing for the United States, a US-based Christian advocacy group said on Saturday.

Chen Guangcheng told Bob Fu, the president of Texas-based ChinaAid, that he and his family were heading to the Beijing airport now, according to an emailed statement from the group.

Chen and his family "were informed to pack up and get ready to leave China" for the United States on Saturday, the statement said.

Chen could not immediately be reached for comment.

Chen Guangcheng's escape from house arrest in northeastern China last month and subsequent refuge in the US embassy caused huge embarrassment for China, and led to a serious diplomatic rift between the two superpowers while US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was visiting Beijing.

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