Chinese Foreign Ministry Says Chinese Dissident Chen Guangcheng Can Apply to Study Overseas
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released a statement saying blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng can apply to study abroad, hinting at a possible resolution to the ongoing conflict as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to the country winds down.
Chen, who is seeking treatment in a hospital after escaping house arrest April 22 and finding temporary refuge at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, can apply for overseas study "in accordance with laws of relevant departments," the ministry said in a statement on its website.
"Chen Guangcheng is currently being treated in hospital. As a Chinese citizen, if he wants to study abroad he can go through the normal channels to the relevant departments and complete the formalities in accordance with the law like other Chinese citizens," the Foreign Ministry said.
Chen, who is a self-taught lawyer, said in a statement Thursday that he has received an invitation from New York University.
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