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Former Nobel chairman stands by Liu award after China

15 July 2017

He said he has no information about her current situation.

Ai said Liu is one of many dissidents being oppressed in China.

She has been suffering severe depression, according to close friends, especially after the authorities sentenced her brother to 11 years in prison over what supporters call trumped-up charges of business fraud. We've gotten to know each other very well. I believe that this is what he would have wanted.

House Foreign Affairs subcommittee chairman Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said Beijing is responsible for the recent death of Chinese dissident and human rights activist Liu Xiaobo.

"Liu's last days were politicized by the forces overseas".

A plainclothes Chinese security guard attempts to stop a photographer from taking photos of an apartment building where Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese dissident and Nobel Prize victor Liu Xiaobo, has been living under house arrest in Beijing on July 14, 2017. "Yet since, she has been subjected to extra-legal restrictions on her movement, communications, and access to medical treatment".

Bruce Lui, senior journalism lecturer at Hong Kong's Baptist University, said there is widespread concern over Liu Xia's fate in the worldwide community.

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Liu Xia has been under effective house arrest since her husband won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 and was allowed to visit him in prison about once a month.

"If she wants to leave China, there is no justification for denying her the opportunity to do so".

Liu, who met him once in 2007 through a mutual friend, said he had a modest personality. "But this is more likely to be the government's wish".

"I mourn Liu Xiaobo, the courageous fighter for human rights and freedom of expression", German Chancellor Angel Merkel's spokesman tweeted on her behalf.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, told reporters Wednesday that Liu, who is suffering from advanced liver cancer, has asked to leave with his wife for treatment overseas.

In Paris on Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron and his United States counterpart Donald Trump praised Chinese President Xi Jinping at a joint press conference, before later issuing statements paying tribute to Liu. A photograph posted on July 5 on Twitter by the dissident writer Ye Du showed an emaciated Liu at the hospital with his wife, Yu Xia, a photographer and poet who had pleaded for better medical care for Liu. "They used Liu's illness as a tool to boost their image and demonise China".US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has also called release of Liu's widow from house arrest.

As tributes to China's Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo flood worldwide media, those in China are refraining from giving prominence to the influential dissident.

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The German embassy in Beijing later said in a statement the recordings were made against the expressed wishes of the German side. He was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize in absentia for his work campaigning for human rights in China.

His message was spelled out in Charter 08, a petition that pointed out the failings of China's Communist Party and argued that only democracy could fix the damage caused by its authoritarian rule.

Taiwan lawmaker Lee Chun-yi said many in Taiwan are horrified at the circumstances of Liu's death.

When I think about it, my most dramatic experiences after June Fourth have been, surprisingly, associated with courts: My two opportunities to address the public have both been provided by trial sessions at the Beijing Municipal Intermediate People's Court, once in January 1991, and again today.

"He set a great example for intellectuals in China, and for next generation, that he sacrificed his life for human rights for freedom of speech in China".

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Relations only returned to normal in December.

Reported by Ding Wenqi and Qiao Long for RFA's Mandarin Service, and by Goh Fung for the Cantonese Service.

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Former Nobel chairman stands by Liu award after China