Closed captioning of: Blind Chinese activist in U.S.
is welcoming the resolution of a tense diplomatic episode involving the u.s. and china that blind
human rights activist
we've been following for several weeks was put on a flight today from
to newark, new jersey, to begin a new life.
arrived earlier this evening, and we get the latest from
seeks final word from th chise government, but he and his family were free to board a flight to the u.s. there was a wait at
's airport. last minute back and forth negotiations that ended with
being escorted to the plane in a wheelchair. freedom now a reality.
he and his wife and two children had beenn house confinement by the
and that day will finay end, and it is today. i think that's the kind of relief i can tell.
a relief after seven years of what the blind chinese dissident described as systematic abuse by the
was jailed for accusing china of forcing women to have abortions as part of its one child policy. after his release, he remained under
until late last month when he made a daring escape, scaling a wall and
. the timing occurred just as
u.s. secretary of state
was heading to
for talks on improving economic trade relations between the u.s. and china. instead when she arrived, she had to deal with an intense
issue. under pressure from chinese officials,
left the embassy and remained in a hospital until today.
groups say the compromise is a positive step for u.s.-china relations.
the relationship hazmatured and has survived a very difficult month of negotiations and coming at a pretty critical time. that is on the tail of the legal expert dialogue with the u.s.
friends say the chinese legal activist will focus on regaining his strength after his ordeal and looks forward to pursuing his studies as a visiting scholar at new
, nbc news, new york.