The State Department devoted a majority of its briefing Friday on Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng and the agency's role in human rights around the world.
Deputy State Department spokesman Mark Toner said that the Chinese authorities were processing Mr. Chen's applications to visit the U.S. When asked if he was convinced that the latest agreement between china and the U.S. regarding Chen will be final Mr. toner said the all the participants involved with the negotiations we pleased. "We feel we’re in a good place," said Toner.
Mr. Chen was given permission early Friday by the Chinese Foreign Ministry to study abroad. White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Thursday that this is a reversal of Mr. Chen’s previous desire to stay in China.