Blind Chinese activist Chen planning Taiwan visit
TAIPEI (AFP) - Blind Chinese lawyer and activist Chen Guangcheng hopes to visit Taiwan in June, a rights group said on Friday, as the island's government said a visit could help facilitate understanding with China.
Mr Chen and his family plans to arrive in Taipei on June 23 for a 20-day visit, according to the Taipei-based Taiwan Association for Human Rights, which has organised the trip.
"Primarily Chen will meet with people from the Taipei lawyers' association and advocates who have dedicated themselves to the island's judicial reforms," Mr Yang Sen-hong, the head of the rights group, told AFP.
The 41-year-old has been living in New York since May last year after a dramatic escape from house arrest to the US embassy in Beijing.