Rights group: US asylum likely for China dissident

In this undated photo released by supporters of Chen Guangcheng, blind activist Chen Guangcheng, center, is seen in a village in China. Chen is due to go on trial Friday Aug. 18, 2006 in eastern China on criminal charges that his supporters claim were fabricated as retaliation for his activism. Supporters of a blind Chinese activist who documented forced abortions are being kept under house arrest as authorities prepare to put him on trial this week, activists said Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006. (AP Photo/Supporters of Chen Guangcheng, HO)

April 30, 2012 1:04:31 PM PDT
U.S. and Chinese officials are ironing out a deal to secure American asylum for a blind Chinese legal activist who fled house arrest, with an agreement likely before Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives this week, a U.S. rights campaigner said Monday.