Chinese dissident leaves Beijing for US

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Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has boarded a plane bound for the United States, closing a nearly month-long diplomatic tussle that had tested US-China relations.

Chen, 40, his wife and their two children were on United Airlines Flight 88, which took off late on Saturday afternoon from Beijing's airport. The flight is scheduled to arrive in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday evening.

Al Jazeera's Nicole Johnston reports.