Chinese Hospital: Health of Ailing Dissident Failing

13 July, 2017, 01:34 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Liu Xiaobo can travel abroad for cancer treatment

The hospital made the announcement in a statement on its website.

Liu's declining health has become the subject of global attention, with supporters and several foreign governments calling for him to be freed on humanitarian grounds.

A German and a USA doctor visited Liu last weekend and said he was still strong enough to fulfill his wish to go overseas, but the hospital has issued increasingly pessimistic reports every day since then.

"As the authorities are controlling all the information about Liu Xiaobo's health condition, it's hard to verify if the information released on the hospital's website is true or not", Amnesty International's China researcher Patrick Poon told AFP.

The latest medical tests were held amid widespread criticism from the worldwide 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 is making every effort to rescue him. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize a year later while in prison. Chinese prisons are notorious for their harsh conditions, and it's common for released prisoners to return to society in a perilously weakened state.

"Taiwan is also willing to provide all possible assistance", Chiu cited Tsai as saying, adding that "allowing Mr. Liu Xiaobo to receive proper medical care is the number one priority".

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A foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, asked other countries at a daily news briefing "to respect China's national sovereignty and refrain from interfering in its domestic affairs due to an individual case". What they care about is not Liu's treatment, but transferring him overseas.

In the leaked video, German doctor Markus Buchler tells Liu Xia the Chinese physicians are "very committed" to her husband's treatment.

The German embassy lashed out at what it called a breach of doctor-patient confidentiality, saying on Monday it seemed that "security organs are steering the process, not medical experts".

Liu, China's most prominent political prisoner, was diagnosed in May after his cancer had entered the final stages and was transferred to the hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang. At one point, he was shown remarking about the "great care" that prison authorities have shown for his health.

"We urge the Chinese authorities to immediately release those still in detention and drop the charges". Bao, who has been kept under various degrees of house arrest for decades, said by telephone. In another, he commemorated Liu's calls for freedom, referring to the first line of China's national anthem, "Rise up, all those who don't want to be slaves".

"China's state-run media ... won't even report relevant information", the elder Bao fumed in one tweet.


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