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Liu Xiaobo: How a Dissident’s Declining Health Turned Into a Propaganda Battle

As he lies in a healing facility bed battling for his life, tumor stricken Chinese nonconformist Liu Xiaobo has turned into the concentration of an administration purposeful publicity hostile gone for pushing back global reactions of Beijing’s treatment of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

German specialists responded furiously Monday to what they portrayed as altered doctor’s facility observation film spilled by Chinese security authorities demonstrating a German specialist going by Liu and applauding his Chinese medicinal group.

“It seems that security organs are steering the process, not medical experts,” said a statement issued Monday by the German embassy in Beijing, calling the video’s release a breach of doctor-patient confidentiality and “against the expressed wishes of the German side.”
“The behavior undermines trust in the authorities dealing with Mr. Liu’s case, which is vital to ensure maximum success of his medical treatment,” it added.
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman on Tuesday declined to address the German allegation but reiterated the government’s standard response.
“We hope relevant countries will respect China’s judicial sovereignty and not use a so-called individual case to interfere in China’s internal affairs,” said Geng Shuang at a regular press briefing.
In this recent undated handout photo, Liu Xiaobo, left, is attended to by his wife Liu Xia in a hospital in China.

Footage leaked

The leaked film was first posted on YouTube on Sunday, in which two Western masters were seen going by a thin Liu in his clinic room – with the German doctor disclosing to Liu’s significant other: “It is, great that the specialists from China have requested that we come and to help – they are exceptionally dedicated to the treatment of your better half.”

Liu, 61, was allowed therapeutic parole and discharged from imprison a month ago after he was determined to have late-organize liver tumor. He had been serving a 11-year jail sentence for “instigating subversion of state control” in northeastern China.

The Chinese experts keep on censoring residential news scope of Liu, erasing web-based social networking posts about him and blocking on the web looks containing his name – with even the outside service thoroughly scouring all Liu-related inquiries from the official transcripts of its day by day squeeze briefings.

However, Liu’s situation has gone under a worldwide spotlight in the midst of claims from his supporters that he had turned out to be gravely sick because of his tumor not being distinguished and treated in time – and that China has declined to give him a chance to look for treatment abroad for political reasons, in spite of calls from different governments, including the Assembled States and Germany.

Despite rising worldwide weight on China to give Liu and his family a chance to leave the nation, Beijing has been relentlessly discharging more data on his status through the healing facility site and releasing altered recordings of him to a couple of Chinese-dialect media outlets.

“The authorities’ newfound transparency is their way of showing an all-out effort to gather the best doctors to save Liu,” said Hu Jia, a leading Chinese human rights activist who has known Liu’s wife for years and has served prison terms for his own advocacy.
“But we have reasons to suspect that the Communist leadership has never wanted to see a Chinese Mandela who can make an impact after walking out of prison.”

A productive author and long-lasting dissident, Liu had been in and out of prison since the bleeding crackdown on genius popular government dissenters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989. His latest conviction, on Christmas Day 2009, stemmed from his co-initiation of Contract 08, a proclamation calling for political change and human rights in China.

In 2010, while in jail, Liu was granted the Nobel Peace Prize for “his long and peaceful battle for crucial human rights in China” – inciting a goaded Beijing to put his better half under house capture and stop discretionary ties with Norway, where the prize victor is picked.

The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize committee attend the ceremony for Liu at Oslo's city hall in December of that year. The ceremony centered around an empty chair while Liu was imprisoned.

‘Critical condition’

The latest spilled video rose not long after two Western specialists permitted to visit Liu issued a joint explanation Sunday. Repeating Liu’s ask for that the rest of his care be given in Germany or the US, they said that Liu could travel securely for treatment abroad in the event that he was allowed to leave China soon.

On Monday, Liu’s therapeutic group – made out of unmistakable Chinese oncologists – pronounced him in “basic condition,” apparently negating the Western specialists’ opinion just a day prior.

A prior proclamation from Shenyang authorities additionally cited Liu’s family as saying they were “fulfilled” with his treatment. It included that Liu had a background marked by hepatitis B before detainment and jail specialists had given him a yearly physical examination and month to month checkups, and no unusual conditions had been found before the current determination.

“The essence of the event is that a Chinese prisoner was diagnosed with cancer. However the West regards Liu, his identity as a prisoner is equal to other prisoners before the law, and he will not be given special status in China,” said an editorial in the popular state-run Global Times newspaper Tuesday. “Today’s China is stronger and more confident, and will not yield to Western pressure.”
Liu’s supporters say the sudden flow of information is clearly targeted at an audience outside of China, with the government carefully selecting platforms that are either blocked in China like YouTube, or little known such as the hospital website.
Even the strongly worded Global Times editorial only appeared in its English edition, which few ordinary Chinese read.