U.S. would welcome ailing Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo for medical treatment

Outrage at video of ailing Chinese Nobel laureate

The 61-year-old dissident, who has late-stage liver cancer, is on dialysis and is at the resuscitation stage, the hospital said in a statement.

China's Nobel Peace Prize winning dissident Liu Xiaobo is receiving emergency treatment for a second day on Tuesday, the hospital treating him said, as questions remain about whether he is well enough to travel overseas.

Liu was convicted in 2009 of inciting subversion for his role in the "Charter 08" movement calling for political reform.

The renowned dissident and intellectual was hospitalised amid strong security measures around the beginning of June after he was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer following nearly nine years in 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.

It also hit out at the German embassy in Beijing for its statement on Monday criticising the Shenyang hospital for releasing unauthorised video of two foreign doctors, one of them German, as they visited Liu.

Human Rights Watch's China director Sophie Richardson called the leak "grotesque propaganda".




Earlier this month, 154 Nobel laureates across six disciplines signed and sent an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping, urging the Beijing authorities "on humanitarian grounds to grant Liu Xiaobo and (his wife) Liu Xia's wish to travel to the United States for medical treatment".

But in an editorial, the state-run Global Times newspaper said the video aimed to show the Chinese doctors' efforts to help him and said "Western forces are politicising Liu's cancer treatment".

Ai told The Associated Press in Germany on Wednesday that he has been friends with Liu since the 1980s. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize a year later while in prison.

Mr. Liu, 61, has said he wanted to be treated overseas, but his lawyer said the authorities would not let that happen.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang reiterated on Tuesday that China hopes other countries can "respect China's judicial sovereignty and not use such an individual case to interfere in China's domestic affairs". Doctors treating Liu were in an "active rescue" mode, it added, saying they were trying to fight infections, correct Liu's blood pressure and purify his blood.

Some of Liu's friends said they were contacted by police on Tuesday.

Human rights groups questioned the motives behind the leak of a video showing the U.S. 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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