Chinese Nobel Peace Prize victor Xiaobo in life-threatening condition

Chinese Nobel Peace Prize victor Xiaobo in life-threatening condition

Chinese Nobel Peace Prize victor Xiaobo in life-threatening condition

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang reiterated on Tuesday that China hopes other countries can "respect China's judicial sovereignty and not use such an individual case to interfere in China's domestic affairs".

Liu's plight has come under a global spotlight amid allegations from his supporters that he had become gravely ill because his cancer wasn't detected and treated in time in prison - and that China has refused to let him seek treatment overseas for political reasons despite calls from other governments, including the US.

"We continue to call on China to release him so that he can receive medical treatment wherever he desires". He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize a year later while in prison.

It said Liu's family has refused the tracheostomy. If he leaves the country, Liu could speak out against Beijing in his remaining days and become a worldwide media icon.

Mr Liu and his family, who are being closely guarded in the hospital, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Exiled Chinese dissident Yu Jie, a close friend of the couple, said he was "very sad and angry" at the deterioration in Liu's condition.

China's Nobel Peace Prize winning dissident Liu Xiaobo is receiving emergency treatment for a second day on Tuesday, the hospital treating him said, as questions remain about whether he is well enough to travel overseas.

His most recent conviction, on Christmas Day 2009, stemmed from his co-authorship of Charter 08, a manifesto calling for political reform and human rights in China. The activists said they would not leave until Liu is allowed to leave the country. "I'm pessimistic they'll let Liu go, if only because of the Communist Party's track record of making the wrong choice".

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

Liu, who has advanced liver cancer, is suffering from respiratory and renal failure as well as septic shock, the First Hospital of China Medical University said on its website.

Liu was diagnosed with cancer and is now in a critical condition, Chiu said.

The state-run Shenyang hospital has been steadily releasing more details on Liu's condition and treatment, revealing that his wife has been staying with him at the hospital and that traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioners have joined the medical team at the family's request.

If China were to release him, Jared Genser, a lawyer representing Liu internationally, said he was ready to evacuate him.

Mo Zhixu, a family friend, told Efe that as far as he knew, Liu and his entourage continued to seek to leave China. "From learning of the approval for the Lius to travel, we could have the medevac there in 48 hours".

A video leaked earlier this week showed the Western doctors praising their Chinese counterparts as they stood by Liu's bedside.

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