US State Department says Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, his wife and two children, have left China and are heading to the United States. They are due to arrive at around 11pm UK time.
A plane carrying blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, his wife and their two children, has left Beijing for the Unites States.Read the full story ›
Chen Guangcheng's lawyer said Chen and his family have just been handed their new passports and are about to board the plane, with a doctor and nurse with them.
Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng left hospital in a convoy of unmarked cars and one van with blocked out windows. He is due to fly to America, after having his passport approved last week.
He told Angus Walker he hoped the situation for his family left behind in China would improve.
I spoke to blind activist Chen Guangcheng this morning before he left Beijing to travel to America.
He said he was in a small room at the airport, with no US officials. He told us he hoped the situation would improve for the relatives he left behind.
Blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng has left hospital in Beijing and he is now on his way to the United States, according to Chinese rights groups, ChinaAid.
He left hospital in a convoy of unmarked cars and one van with blocked out windows.
Chen Guangcheng told Bob Fu, the president of ChinaAid, that he and his family "were informed to pack up and get ready to leave China".
Chen Guangcheng and his family will have their passports at the end of this month, sources have told ITV News.
Chinese government officials visited him yesterday to take photos as part of the passport application process.
The Human Rights activist, who escaped house arrest in late April and sought refuge in the US Embassy, was told he could apply to study in the States after a diplomatic stand off between China and the USA.
The US State Department said today that the U.S. side of preparing Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng's visa is complete and Chen is working with the Chinese government to get the proper travel documentation.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nulan said they had been in contact with Chen "two or three times a day":
We are ready when he and his government are ready...in terms of his visa to come pursue studies.
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