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Jailed Nobel victor, dissident dies in China

15 July 2017

China has pushed back against a wave of worldwide censure over the death of democracy advocate Liu Xiaobo, telling the world to stay out of its "domestic affairs" and labelling the 2010 decision to award the late activist a Nobel peace prize "a blasphemy".

Officials announced Liu's terminal liver cancer last month, and moved him to a hospital in Shenyang under high security but refused to release him for treatment overseas. Detained for nearly a decade on the charge of "inciting subversion of state power", Liu, not allowed to receive medical attention for his liver cancer available only overseas, died, under guard, in a Chinese hospital. "The handling of Liu Xiaobo's case belongs to China's internal affairs, and foreign countries are in no position to make improper remarks", said Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang at a regular press conference in Beijing earlier today, adding that doctors had done all that they could to save Liu's life.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing had lodged official protests with the US, France, Germany and the United Nations human rights office over their "irresponsible remarks" regarding Liu Xiaobo.

At the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo in 2010 he was represented by an empty chair.

The former head of the Nobel committee placed that year's peace prize on an empty chair to honour Liu.

China punished Norway by suspending political and economic ties - including salmon imports from Norway - until past year, when Oslo promised to respect "China's core interests and major concerns".

In mainland China, global reports on Liu Xiaobo's death have been censored, and local media have carried virtually no reports apart from sparse coverage in English, correspondents say.

Tsai had previously said Taiwan would be willing to aid in Liu's treatment.

A prominent Chinese dissident has died of advanced liver cancer despite global efforts to save him.

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Suga declined to go into detail on that point, but said the Japanese government has been "communicating to China our thoughts on the issue of Liu Xiaobo through various routes".

On Friday, there were signs that having condemned Liu to nearly a quarter of his life behind bars, China's leaders were also seeking to control his funeral.

U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson had also called on the Chinese government to "release Liu Xia from house arrest and allow her to depart China, according to her wishes". China will eventually become a country of the rule of law in which human rights are supreme.

Meantime, Xiaobo's death in custody lashed the Chinese media with a wave of criticism over its treatment of but has rejected the criticisms.

While Xiabo's death made headlines globally, Chinese media curtailed its coverage significantly, releasing only brief reports in their English editions.

During his fourth prison term, Liu was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for "his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China". A photograph posted on July 5 on Twitter by the dissident writer Ye Du showed an emaciated Liu at the hospital with his wife, Yu Xia, a photographer and poet who had pleaded for better medical care for Liu. He was serving an 11-year prison sentence for trying to overthrow the government. "West", Link says. "They're really much broader, much more existential than that".

Mr Liu's friends said his legacy would live on, and Ms Ai said others were ready to take up his cause. It was a courageous fight that Liu fought.

"In 'No Enemies, No Hared, ' he once said 'I firmly believe that China's political progress will never stop, and I'm full of optimistic expectations of freedom coming to China in the future, because no force can block the human desire for freedom".

Jailed Nobel victor, dissident dies in China