Liu Xiaobo can travel overseas for cancer treatment

Kristopher Drake
July 13, 2017

Ms Nauert added that Washington is anxious not only about the welfare of Mr Liu, 61, but of other dissidents held by China.

A stark update issued Monday evening by Liu's hospital said he was suffering from poor kidney function and bleeding in the liver from metastasizing tumors.

After Liu's diagnosis was made public in June, a jailhouse video montage quickly found its way onto YouTube that showed him playing badminton with a prison guard, chatting with his wife during a visit and sitting for a teeth cleaning - all meant to show a decent quality of life behind bars at Jinzhou Prison.

If he dies, Liu would become the first Nobel Peace Prize laureate to die in custody since German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky, who died in a hospital while held by the Nazis in 1938.

Two foreign doctors who were permitted to visit Liu said Sunday they deemed him strong enough to leave the country with appropriate care, apparently contradicting Chinese expert opinion.

He was sentenced to 11 years in prison in December 2009 for "subversion".

Ailing Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo's condition has worsened and he is being resuscitated as his organs fail, the hospital treating him said on Wednesday.

It was not possible to confirm the information on Wednesday amid heightened security around the hospital and increased surveillance of Liu's family members to prevent them from talking to his friends and the media. "We have been told that Liu won't be allowed to go overseas and we are not allowed to go to Shenyang".

The latest medical tests were held amid widespread criticism from the global community which was pressuring Beijing to release the Nobel laureate and his wife, Liu Xia, so that they could seek medical treatment overseas.

China has previously told diplomats that Liu can not travel because he is too ill to be moved. China has accused other countries of politicizing the writer's case and interfering in China's internal affairs.

It added that Liu had a history of hepatitis B before imprisonment and prison authorities had provided him with an annual physical examination as well as monthly checkups, and no abnormal conditions had been found before the recent diagnosis.

While the hospital has tried active anti-infection therapy and blood purification treatment, those procedures have not helped to improve the condition of Liu's liver.

Human rights groups questioned the motives behind the leak of a video showing the United States and German specialists by the bedside of a gaunt-looking Liu as they speak to his wife, Liu Xia, and the Chinese doctors.

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