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Blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng is wheeled into a hospital by U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke (right) in Beijing on Wednesday. State Department legal adviser Harold Koh (left) helps the Chinese activist. Mr. Chen escaped from illegal house arrest and other mistreatment in his rural town, placing himself under the protection of U.S. diplomats last week. (Associated Press)

Blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng is wheeled into a hospital by U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke (right) in Beijing on Wednesday. State Department legal adviser Harold Koh (left) helps the Chinese activist. Mr. Chen escaped from illegal house arrest and other mistreatment in his rural town, placing himself under the protection of U.S. diplomats last week. (Associated Press)

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