From CNN: “A possible breakthrough emerged on Friday in the case of Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese activist who made a daring escape from house arrest and took refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing before venturing out amid U.S.-Chinese negotiations over his future.
“The Chinese government said he could apply to travel to the United States to study — a development that the United States instantly cited as an encouraging sign of progress in what has been a thorny and controversial impasse.
“‘As a Chinese citizen, he may apply like other Chinese citizens according to the laws and normal procedures of the relevant departments,’ Liu Weimin, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said in a statement posted on the ministry’s website.
“Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States is ‘encouraged’ by the statement.
“‘From the beginning, all of our efforts with Mr. Chen have been guided by his choices and our values, and I’m pleased that today our ambassador has spoken with him again, our embassy staff and our doctor had a chance to meet with him and he confirms that he and his family now want to go to the United States so he can pursue his studies,’ Clinton told reporters in Beijing.”
So the news is that he wants to come to The United States, and the Chinese government has said he can fill out an application–just as I could drive to the bank and fill out an application for a million-dollar loan.