Clinton cites progress in Chinese activist's case

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BEIJING (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says progress is being made resolving the case of Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng.

Speaking at a news conference in Beijing, Clinton said she is encouraged by a Chinese government statement that suggested Chen would be allowed to go abroad to study. She says they are working to give Chen the future he wants, and that U.S. Embassy staff was able to meet with him Friday.

Chen, who embroiled the U.S. and China in a diplomatic standoff when he sought refuge in the U.S. Embassy, has said he wants to leave China with his family and his supporters say he would like to study law in the U.S.