China announced Friday that Chen Guangcheng could apply to study abroad, perhaps opening the way for a resolution of the imbroglio surrounding the civil rights activist who had taken refuge at U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
The case of the blind self-taught lawyer caused a crisis in relations between the U.S. and China, when their annual “strategic and economic dialogue” held meetings in Beijing Friday for the second and last day.
Earlier, Chen spoke by phone to the U.S. Congress hearing on his case by calling a community activist, Bob Fu, who attended the hearing.
The civil rights activist said he wished to have the freedom to travel in order to have a rest in the United States. He expressed great concern for the safety of his mother and brother who stayed in their village in Shandong.