This morning, the Chinese government announced that activist Chen Guangcheng could apply to travel to the United States to study, a development that was seen as an encouraging sign of progress in a controversial diplomatic standoff between the two countries.
"I think the way is now open to resolving this crisis," says Jerome Cohen, a friend of Chen Guangcheng who is the co-director of NYU School of Law's U.S.-Asia Law Institute.
Cohen sat down with Soledad O'Brien on Starting Point this morning to discuss his correspondence with Chen over the past few days and to weigh in on the latest development in the activist's case.
"This is a very quiet, low key Chinese solution to the problem," Cohen explains. "We can now go ahead and resolve the issue and put it behind us... We hope we'll see Chen and his family in the U.S. in the near future."