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White House acclaims exit of activist from China

Saturday - 5/19/2012, 3:14pm  ET

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In this photo released by the US Embassy Beijing Press Office, blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng, in wheel chair, meets his wife Yuan Weijing, right, daughter Chen Kesi, in blue shirt at second right, and son Chen Kerui, left, at a hospital in Beijing, Wednesday, May 2, 2012. U.S. ambassador to China, Gary Locke stands at Chen's right, and man at back in dark suit is language attache James Brown. (AP Photo/U.S. Embassy Beijing Press Office, HO)

CAMP DAVID, Md. - The White House has welcomed the arrangement allowing a blind Chinese activist to leave Beijing and fly to the United States with his wife and two sons.

Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser, says the administration was pleased with the outcome of negotiations between the Chinese government and the State Department that allowed Chen Guangcheng (chehn gwahng-chung) to be allowed to travel.

Rhodes said, "We are pleased at this development." He spoke with reporters at Camp David, the presidential retreat where President Barack Obama is hosting the Group of Eight summit.

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