Chinese dissident to meet with Boehner, Pelosi

The Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng will meet with Congressional leaders on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. 

Chen's attempt to flee China for the United States earlier this year became a diplomatic crisis for the Obama administration and a point of criticism for Republicans in Congress and on the campaign trail when it briefly appeared that Chen would have to stay in the country even after escaping house arrest. Chen, along with his family, arrived safely in the United States in mid-May after securing a fellowship offer to continue his studies at New York University.

On Wednesday, he will visit Capitol Hill to meet face-to-face many of the lawmakers who took up his cause earlier this year.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will host the bipartisan event, which includes Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). According to Boehner's office, the Republican leader particularly credits Chen for advocating against forced abortions and China's one-child policy, something Boehner has criticized the Obama administration for failing to strongly condemn in the past.