WASHINGTON — Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese human-rights activist, whose plight has grabbed the attention of the world, can now apply to study outside of China, says the country’s foreign ministry.
The New York Times reported this morning that the development may provide a breakthrough in the crisis, which led to an emergency hearing on Capitol Hill yesterday.
Chen himself called in to that hearing, which was led by Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., who leads the Congressional-Executive Commission on the People’s Republic of China, a congressionally mandated, bipartisan panel.
In his phone call from a hospital in Beijing, Chen repeated his request for asylum.
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