China hints that activist could go abroad to study

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)

May 4, 2012 9:23:37 AM PDT
China hinted at a possible, face-saving way out of a diplomatic standoff with the United States over legal activist Chen Guangcheng, saying Friday that he could apply for permission to study abroad.