Germany asks China to let ailing dissident leave

China s Nobel laureate and dissident Liu Xiaobo dies in custody

China s Nobel laureate and dissident Liu Xiaobo dies in custody

It said Liu's family has refused the tracheostomy.

Liu and his family, who are closely guarded inside the hospital, could not be reached for comment.

Liu, China's most prominent political prisoner, is being treated for late-stage liver cancer.

Some supporters say the latest development Sunday has cleared a major hurdle for Liu and his family to leave China.

"In front of the world, Liu Xiaobo is being murdered by (Chinese President) Xi Jinping".

"This is a sign of the complete failure of Western human rights diplomacy", he said.

Amid growing worldwide concern over Liu's health, a Chinese vice minister of justice met with representatives from the US, German and European Union embassies in late June to brief them about his case and told the diplomats that Liu was too sick to travel overseas, according to a source familiar with the meeting.

USA and German cancer experts visited Liu last weekend and determined that he was strong enough to be medically evacuated, but the hospital has issued pessimistic medical updates since then.

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Beijing has rebuffed those calls, saying Liu is too sick to travel and is already receiving the best care possible.

"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.

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".

Mr Liu was arrested in 2008 after co-writing Charter 08, a bold petition that called for the protection of basic human rights and reform of China's one-party Communist system. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize a year later while serving his sentence.

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. "What is on display is still the manipulation and control of information and dishonesty of the Chinese government", Human Rights Watch's Asia researcher Maya Wang said.

A year later, Liu was imprisoned for subverting state power.

China has in the past released high-profile dissidents on medical grounds and immediately exiled them to the USA, notably veteran democracy campaigner Wei Jingsheng in 1997 and a leader of the 1989 student pro-democracy protests, Wang Dan, in 1998.

A prolific writer and longtime activist, Liu has been in and out of jail since the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989.

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