Chen Guangchen has given the world further hope for a future of peaceful coexistence between China and the United States.
The blind activist, who has been putting a spotlight on human rights abuses in China, set the stage for a major confrontation between the world's two greatest economic and military powers when he escaped from house arrest and sought refuge in the United States embassy in Beijing.
But a "who blinks first" showdown was avoided when both countries gave a little to settle the issue. And the result of rational thinking and reasonable compromise has Chen getting permission to travel to the United States, with his family, to study at a yet undisclosed place of higher learning.
Such a quick resolution to the problem is evidence of a realization by the United States--and by China that peaceful coexistence is in the best interest of both countries..