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CHINA TELLS OTHER COUNTRIES 'NOT TO MEDDLE' AFTER LIU XIAOBO'S DEATH

July 14, 2017 | Uhuruspirir

Liu Xiaobo



China’s Foreign Ministry on Friday said other countries should "not meddle" in its internal affairs, referring to the death of jailed activist and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, state media reported.

Liu died Thursday of organ failure, according to the hospital in northern China where he was on medical parole being treated for terminal liver cancer.

His death unleashed a barrage of criticism aimed at Beijing by foreign governments and organizations. Liu, a political prisoner, and his wife, Liu Xia, had repeatedly requested to be allowed to travel abroad for treatment, but Beijing had opposed it.

"We call on relevant countries to respect China's judicial sovereignty," Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Friday, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

Geng said Liu was a convicted criminal, and following his diagnosis, Chinese medical institutions had made "all-out efforts" to treat him, Xinhua said.

The head of the hospital’s tumour department, Liu Yunpeng, said in a press conference late Thursday that Liu’s type of cancer was "very hard to diagnose in an early stage." Liu died about a month after his diagnosis, the hospital said.

"China is a country under the rule of law," Geng said, echoing previous statements about Liu. "The handling of Liu Xiaobo's case belongs to China's internal affairs, and foreign countries are in no position to make improper remarks."

The state-owned Global Times in an opinion piece on Friday said Liu was "a victim led astray by [the] West." The tabloid said "forces overseas" used Liu's illness "as a tool to boost their image and demonize China."

"By granting him the Nobel Prize, the West has 'kidnapped' Liu," Global Times said, adding that Liu attempted to go against China's mainstream society at a time when the country "witnessed the most rapid growth in recent history."

"The West has bestowed upon Liu a halo, which will not linger," it said. "By granting him the Nobel Prize, the West has 'kidnapped' Liu. However, the West only puts a halo on those useful to them."

Liu was the co-author of a document signed in 2008 by 300 intellectuals, calling for a free, democratic and constitutional Chinese state. In 2009, he was sentenced to 11 years in prison for subverting state power.

One year later, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in absentia for his work campaigning for human rights in China.

- with dpa



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