Updated at 3:11 p.m. ET
(CBS/AP) BEIJING - The U.S. and China forged the outlines of a deal Friday to end a diplomatic standoff over legal activist Chen Guangcheng that would let him travel to the U.S. with his family for a university fellowship.
After days of behind-the-scenes talks, 용인콜걸
reversals and emotional calls by Chen from a guarded hospital
room, the U.S. and China made a series of announcements signaling a logjam had been broken.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said Chen can apply for travel permits to study abroad. An American university has offered Chen a fellowship with provisions for his family, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said, adding that the U.S. expects Beijing to quickly process their travel permits, after which U.S. visas would be granted.
"Over the course of the day, progress has been made to help him have the future that he wants, and we will be staying in touch with him as this process moves forward," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said, speaking to reporters after two days of annual strategic talks in Beijing.
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Jerome Cohen, a New York University law professor who has been advising Chen during the negotiations, said Chen had been offered an invitation to the university's U.S.-Asia Law Institute. Asked if Chen would accept, Cohen said: "I think he will," but added: "I don't know whether he wants to come to New York or not. He may have a lot of other alternatives."