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Hilary Clinton leaves China after successful talks over blind rights activist

Saturday, 5 May 2012

*Hillary Clinton has left China following talks with the government about the fate of a blind rights activist who had planned to travel to the US to study.*

Chen Guangcheng, who previously found fame after having campaigned against the country's law which limits citizens to one child per family, had been under house arrest for the past 19 months in his home village, with the government attempting to stop him leaving the country.

Mrs Clinton had been in China to discuss the rights of actiivist Chen Guangcheng (PA)

However, after a dramatic escape, the 40-year old took refuge in a hospital, having fled to the US Embassy in Beijing.

Some had expected the activist to leave on the same flight as Mrs Clinton after China had said on Friday that he was free to fly to America in order to study, from where he hopes to return some day.

'This isn't saying that when I leave it's a one-off and there's no coming back,' Mr Chen told Reuters.

'Nobody should think that I'm emigrating or anything like that. As they (the Chinese government) have recognised that I'm free, then I should also have the freedom to go where I want.'

However, Mr Chen remains in hospital, and Washington said it was unclear how easily he will be allowed to pass through migration procedures.

Earlier this week, Mr Chen had said that the government was stopping him from having contact with US officials.
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Source: Bloomberg - on May 3, 2012

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