Ailing Chinese dissident Liu critically ill, breathing failing

Ailing Chinese dissident Liu critically ill, breathing failing

Ailing Chinese dissident Liu critically ill, breathing failing

China's state-backed Global Times, a tabloid published by the official paper of the ruling Communist Party, said in an English-language editorial calls for Liu to move overseas were "political" and created to cast China as "inhuman". Yet others said Liu may simply be beyond rescue.

Liu was granted medical parole last month after being diagnosed with advanced liver cancer at the end of May.

Liu was jailed for 11 years in 2009 for "inciting subversion of state power" after helping to write a petition known as "Charter 08" calling for sweeping political reforms.

Liu could become the first Nobel Peace Prize laureate to die in custody since German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky, who passed away in a hospital while held by the Nazis in 1938.

A few days after the meeting, however, the authorities said they had approved the family's request to invite Western doctors to join Liu's medical team, composed of prominent Chinese oncologists, at a hospital in Shenyang in northeastern China.

"We remain concerned that both Mr. Liu and his family are unable to communicate with the outside world and that he is not free to seek the medical treatment of his choosing", White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, reading from a prepared statement on the Nobel laureate during a briefing on Wednesday. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize a year later while serving his sentence.

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

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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.

The hospital treating Liu says it is providing the best possible care and that he is too ill to be moved.

"The economy is strong, the military is rising — does China still care about worldwide political opinion?" said Zhang Lifan, a liberal political commentator in Beijing.

As China's government faces mounting worldwide pressure to grant Liu his wish to leave the country for treatment, information control is a familiar strategy.

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.

"The national experts group's view is that the patient is in critical condition", the statement said. "From learning of the approval for the Lius to travel, we could have the medevac there in 48 hours".

The German embassy in Beijing later said in a statement the recordings were made against the expressed wishes of the German side.

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