Family members to visit blind China activist in US

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Associated Press

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 1:04 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 1:30 AM

BEIJING (AP) — The brother of blind Chinese lawyer Chen Guangcheng says he'll fly to the U.S. on Wednesday with his mother for a family reunion.

Chen Guangfu said Tuesday that no decision has been made on how long they'll stay in New York.

Chen Guangcheng has lived in New York since after escaping house arrest in China in dramatic fashion in April last year with his wife and two children.

Chen dodged a security cordon around his home in east China's Shandong province and sought refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton prevailed on Chinese officials to allow him to leave for the U.S.

Chen now is sponsored by the Catholic University of America, the Witherspoon Institute and the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice.

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