The State Department released the statement below about Chen Guangcheng.
Press StatementHillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of StateWashington, DCMay 2, 2012
I am pleased that we were able to facilitate Chen Guangcheng’s stay and departure from the U.S. Embassy in a way that reflected his choices and our values. I was glad to have the chance to speak with him today and to congratulate him on being reunited with his wife and children.
Mr. Chen has a number of understandings with the Chinese government about his future, including the opportunity to pursue higher education in a safe environment. Making these commitments a reality is the next crucial task. The United States Government and the American people are committed to remaining engaged with Mr. Chen and his family in the days, weeks, and years ahead.
The situation remains fluid and could hamper discussion on the North Korean nuclear program which along with the economy were to be the key topics at the summit.
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