May 3, 2012 12:00 AM

Chen Guangcheng in Beijing hospital says he’d like to leave China, but U.S. options are few

As American officials scrambled Thursday to manage an embarrassing and potentially damaging crisis arising from a deal with Chinese authorities over the fate of blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng, a key question came to the fore: Had American officials abandoned Chen by allowing him to leave his refuge at the U.S. Embassy without any way of ensuring that China would treat him well?

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