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Chinese rights activist starts new life in the US

Chinese rights activist starts new life in the US
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Chinese rights activist Chen Guangcheng has arrived in the United States to start a new life after lengthy negotiations between Beijing and Washington.

The blind lawyer has been offered a fellowship at New York University.

Chen escaped house arrest and fled to the US Embassy in Beijing last month, sparking a diplomatic crisis.

He told reporters on arriving in New York that he fears for his relatives back in China.

“Acts of retribution in Shandong have not abated and my rights to practice law have been curbed. We hope to see a thorough investigation into this,” he said.

Chen, a vocal critic of China’s one child policy, spent four years in jail from 2006 for disrupting traffic and damaging property.

He was placed under house arrest after his release.

The 40-year-old will now live at a New York University apartment with his wife and two children.