THE Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, who last month triggered a diplomatic crisis between the US and China, will be allowed to travel to America "within 15 days".
It was the first indication of when the blind and self-taught lawyer would be allowed to leave China since he walked out of the US embassy more than two weeks ago. He had taken refuge there after an audacious escape from house arrest.
"(Chinese) Officials visited yesterday, we filled out passport application forms for myself, my wife and children," Mr Chen (40) said from Chaoyang hospital, where he is being treated for injuries he sustained during his escape.
"They said the passports should be issued within 15 days." (© Daily Telegraph, London)