Germany urges treatment for China’s cancer-stricken Liu Xiaobo

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© AFP/File | A woman attends a vigil for terminally ill Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo in Hong Kong

BERLIN (AFP) – Germany on Monday urged China to allow terminally ill Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo to quickly get the medical help he needs, after friends of the Chinese activist said he wanted to be treated abroad.

Liu, who was sentenced to 11 years in prison in 2009 for “subversion” after calling for democratic reforms, was released on medical parole after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer last month, his lawyer has said.

One of his family friends told AFP that he had sent a letter from Liu’s wife to the US and German governments expressing the couple’s wish to leave China.

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On the eve of a state visit to Berlin by Chinese President Xi Jinping, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert did not confirm reception of the letter.

But he…

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