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It was not until he was taken to Beijing airport this morning by Chinese authorities that -- was told where he was going.
He his wife and two children were provided passports there.
And the US government provided expedited visas this afternoon deputy national security advisor Ben -- reacted to the news we welcome.
This development and the fact that he'll be able to pursue a course of study.
Here in the United States upon his -- general accept an invitation to study law -- a fellow at new York university law school.
Reuters quoted a university official who said.
I'm very happy to receive the news that Chen won Chang is on his way to the US I look forward to welcoming him and -- -- -- tonight and to working with him on his course of study.
Reaction also coming in from Capitol Hill representative Chris Smith of New Jersey said.
America welcomes this extraordinary family with open arms while Senator McCain tweeted late today.
Great news -- one -- headed to the US -- now we must ensure his relatives & Associates in China are not harmed.
-- gained recognition for crusading for the disabled and fighting against forced abortion in his rural Chinese community.
But he angered Chinese authorities and was convicted in 2006.
On what supporters say.
We're fabricated charges -- set upon his departure from Beijing this morning he was not happy about leaving and worried about retaliation against his extended family back home.
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