US: blind activist in medical care, to see family

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Posted: May 02, 2012 4:10 AM
US: blind activist in medical care, to see family

A U.S. official says a blind Chinese legal activist who was at the center of a diplomatic tussle between Washington and Beijing has left the U.S. Embassy to receive medical care in Beijing and be reunited with this family.

The resolution of the fate of Chen Guangcheng came shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Beijing for two days of annual strategic talks that threatened to be overshadowed by the self-taught lawyer's fate.

The Chinese government's news service, Xinhua, says that Chen left the U.S. Embassy "of his own volition" after staying there for six days.

Xinhua, in the brief English-language report, also says that the Chinese Foreign Ministry has also demanded the U.S. "apologize for a Chinese citizen's entering" the embassy.