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Chinese activist who triggered a diplomatic dispute between China and the US says he's confident Beijing will allow him to study overseas.
Chanting long chain remains at a hospital in China where he says paperwork is being prepared to apply for him and his family to travel to the US.
National security correspondent Jennifer Griffin is live in Washington with more I guess -- gave an interview to the Associated Press this morning what did he say.
That's right John Chen spoke from his hospital bed where he's being treated for some sort of intestinal inflammation which is supporters thought.
Might be cancer he said he still believes the Chinese authorities will grant him and his family visas to travel to the US.
You know what you got to wait a -- court coming.
I'm still confident that they will fulfill their commitment -- that it's time now that the Chinese Government shouldn't display of their openness and tolerance circle and they will let China know more fear.
So I feel I still have -- -- US officials still have not been allowed into the hospital to see him in the forty year old blind activist says.
He does not know where his nephew as.
He said the local Chinese authorities have removed reminders however from his mother's count on the Chinese defense minister is visiting that has this affected that at all.
Well this really could signal a new chapter in Chinese US relations.
The Chinese defense minister did not cancel what is set to be a historic visit to defense bases across the United States.
General Yang -- Li visited naval base in San Diego this weekend.
And will be hosted at the Pentagon later today.
It's the first time that a Chinese defense minister has -- to the Pentagon since 2003.
What makes this trip remarkable is that the Chinese did not cancel his visit.
After the White House said it could can reconsider.
Selling F sixteen fighter jets to Taiwan in the past such incidents would have led to.
A diplomatic impasse pentagon officials were bolstered what it became clear that the trip would not be disrupted.
By both -- case and the Taiwanese -- sales China's defense minister will also hold a press conference with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta later today John.
Jennifer Griffin -- on Jennifer thank you.
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