- Title: China warns not to use Nobel laureate's widow to interfere in domestic affairs
- Date: 28th July 2017
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (FILE - OCTOBER 2010) (REUTERS) LIU XIAOBO'S WIFE LIU XIA SEATED LOOKING AT PHOTOGRAPHS LIU XIA LOOKING DOWN LIU XIA SEATED LOOKING AT PHOTOGRAPHS OF HER HUSBAND, LIU XIAOBO
- Embargoed: 11th August 2017 10:48
- Keywords: China nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo Liu Xia Foreign Ministry briefing news conference
- Location: BEIJING, SHENYANG, CHINA / AT SEA
- City: BEIJING, SHENYANG, CHINA / AT SEA
- Country: China
- Topics: Environment
- Reuters ID: LVA0026RMSH8N
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- Story Text: China on Friday (July 28) warned foreign countries not to use the widow of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo as an excuse to interfere in its domestic matters, after Germany expressed its concerns over China's apparent unwillingness to discuss removing restrictions against her, two weeks after her husband died of cancer in custody.
Liu Xia has been under effective house arrest since her husband won his Nobel in 2010. She was allowed to visit him in prison about once a month and remain with him while he was treated for cancer in his final days.
Liu Xiaobo, a veteran of the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, was sentenced to 11 years in prison in 2009 for "inciting subversion of state power" after he helped write a petition known as "Charter 08" calling for sweeping political reforms.
Liu Xia's whereabouts are unknown. Liu Xiaobo's brother said at a government arranged news conference after his death that Liu Xia was in a poor state of health and not able to appear before the press. An embassy source told Reuters it seemed she is not allowed to speak to anyone by telephone or meet with anyone apart from close family members.
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