Blind China Activist Confident He'll be Released

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Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese activist at the center of a diplomatic dispute between China and the United States, says he is confident China will allow him to leave the communist nation.

Chen may be able to leave China to study abroad in America under an evolving arrangement between the two countries.

"Since the Chinese government has promised to safeguard my constitutionally provided rights and freedom and safety, I feel that they will fulfill their commitments because it is after all an agreement between two countries," said Chen, who has been invited to study at New York University.

Chen angered the Chinese government when he spoke out against the regime's one-child policy and forced abortions.  In what many view as retribution for his activism, Chen has been imprisoned or under house arrest for the last seven years.

The 40-year-old has been staying at a Beijing hospital, where he is being treated for injuries sustained when he recently tried to escape his village.

Chen said the hospital staff is helping him handle the paperwork needed for him and his family to obtain travel documents.

"I entrusted the hospital with telling the relevant people or department that I have asked them to handle it on my behalf because I am lying on the bed and I can't move and my friends can't come and see me, so what can I do? I can only ask them," he said.

Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden told NBC's "Meet the Press" that the United States is prepared to issue a visa to Chen "right away," and that U.S. officials "expect the Chinese to stick" to their end of the bargain.

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