From The BBC: “Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng – who was at the centre of a diplomatic crisis with Washington – is on his way to the United States.
“The blind activist and his family boarded a flight to Newark, near New York, after being taken from a Beijing hospital to the capital’s airport.
“Mr Chen recently spent six days in the US embassy in Beijing after escaping house arrest in north-east China.
“He has been offered a fellowship at New York University.
“A White House spokesman welcomed news of Mr Chen’s departure.
“Mr Chen, a self-taught lawyer who campaigned against forced abortions under China’s one-child policy, was jailed for four years in 2006 for disrupting traffic and damaging property, and placed under house arrest after his release in 2010.”
Naturally, Team Obama will claim credit for this as another foreign policy triumph. Yet to be answered is whether or not the Chinese government will allow Chen to return to China as a free man, and whether or not Chen’s relatives will harassed/harmed by the government in the wake of his departure.