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Blind Chinese Dissident Arrives At NYU, Prepares To Study Law

Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng and his wife Yuan Weijing  arrive at the New York University Village apartment complex in Manhattan in New York, May 19, 2012.  AFP PHOTO / MLADEN ANTONOV

Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng and his wife Yuan Weijing arrive at the New York University Village apartment complex in Manhattan in New York, May 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO / MLADEN ANTONOV

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NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — Crowds cheered as Chen Guangcheng arrived on crutches at New York University on Saturday.

Chen thanked the American government and told a crowd of well-wishers and reporters that “I believe, no matter how difficult the environment, nothing is impossible. As long as you put your heart into it.”

Chen landed at Newark airport on Saturday night, it was the culmination of a diplomatic tug-of-war that lasted nearly a month.

The blind activist is an outspoken critic of China’s abortion policy. Chen escaped house arrest and sought refuge at the American embassy in Beijing.

CBS 2’s Drew Levinson reported that Chen will spend his time in America recuperating his mind, body, and spirit, after spending time under house arrest, on the run, and hospitalized.

He will also study law at NYU.

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