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Blind activist arrives in US

Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has arrived in the US after China allowed him to leave a hospital in Beijing in a move that could signal the end of a diplomatic standoff between the two countries.

A United Airlines plane carrying Chen, his wife and two children, landed in at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey shortly after 6pm local time.

He is then due to travel to New York University in Manhattan's Greenwich Village neighborhood. Chen, one of China's most prominent dissidents, is going to study as a fellow at the NYU School of Law, the institution said on Saturday.

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