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Chen Guangcheng left US embassy 'after family threats'

2 May 2012 Last updated at 19:34 BST

Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng says he gave up his refuge in the US embassy in Beijing after Chinese authorities made threats to family members.

He initially appeared to accept assurances of a safe future with his family, but later said he feared for them and now wanted to leave China.

The US said it had no knowledge of Chinese threats and that Mr Chen had at no point asked for asylum.

Damian Grammaticas reports from Beijing.