The Chinese activist has been in the news consistently since he escaped house arrest. Here's the whole story.
Created by alexnpearlman on May 7, 2012
Last updated: 05/07/12 at 05:49 AM
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While China keeps up appearances with Chen's high profile situation, his friends and other activists are detained and beaten in Beijing.
China pledges to allow Chen to travel with his family. It seems the diplomatic crisis is over, on Sec. Clinton's last day before heading to India.
Activists and diplomats applaud China for allowing Chen to exit the country with a visa, while the US is accused of man-handling Chen and pushing for a speedy resolution that wasn't in his best interest.
China's Foreign Ministry says Chen will be allowed to apply for a visa through proper channels to study in the US. The development is hailed as a breakthrough
It gets worse when Chen allegedly says he wants to fly back with Sec. Clinton. Activists decry the US' handling of the situation.
Chen reverses his decision to stay in China. Sec. Clinton and Congress are thrown for a loop as policy talks being in China. Chen proposes he and his family be allowed to visit the US
Chinese monitors block internet searches related to Chen Guangcheng, as well as Anderson Cooper's AC360 CNN program.
Jon Stewart laughs along to 'Chensanity', making fun of the precedent set by Bill that Clintons will rescue anyone from oppressive communist governments.
The activist leaves protection to get treated for a leg injury, continues to plead with Sec. Clinton to take him back to the US.
After 6 days, the US brokered a deal - but Chen says leaving wasn't 'fully voluntary' and that he's worried about China not keeping promises.
Activists with ChinaAid confirm the activist is under the protection of the Embassy. The world watches and waits for what's next.
Reports cannot be confirmed that Chen is hiding at the US embassy in Beijing.
The lawyer and activist escapes and puts the US in an awkward diplomatic position.
In a video address to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Chen says his family is still in danger.