Report: Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng to visit Taiwan

Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng speaks to the media upon arriving on the campus of New York University May 19, 2012, in New York City.
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(AP) TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan's government-owned news agency cites an opposition lawmaker as saying blind Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng will visit the democratic island next year and address the legislature.

Sunday's report by the Central News Agency quotes Lin Chia-lung of the Democratic Progressive Party, who was visiting Chen in New York.

Chen escaped house arrest in his Chinese village in April and fled to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. He was allowed to go to New York in May after negotiations between China and the U.S.

Chen's prospective Taiwan visit offers a challenge to Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou, who has built his administration around better relations with China, from which Taiwan split amid civil war in 1949.

China claims Taiwan as its territory and resents any Taiwanese activity that embarrasses Beijing.