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Biden Says U.S. Is Prepared to Give Chen a Visa ‘Right Away’

The U.S. is prepared to grant Chen Guangcheng a visa “right away,” Vice President Joe Biden said, and American officials are in contact with the legal activist over his desire to leave China.

“We expect the Chinese to stick to that commitment,” Biden said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” after China said May 4 that Chen had the right to apply for permission to study abroad. U.S. embassy officials are in daily contact with Chen and his wife, a U.S. official said on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.