Foreign diplomats blocked by security guards at home of Liu Xiaobo’s widow

 German and other embassy staff trying to find Liu Xia were stopped when they 
went to her Beijing flat, source says

 PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 August, 2017, 11:16pm
 UPDATED : Saturday, 05 August, 2017, 12:30am



 Foreign diplomats trying to locate the widow of late Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo 
were blocked by security guards when they went to her Beijing flat on Thursday, 
a German embassy source said.


 They were trying to ascertain the whereabouts of Liu Xia after her friends and 
family earlier this week said she had returned to Beijing
 following the death of her husband in a Shenyang hospital on July 13. Liu has 
had little contact with the outside world since then, and it is unclear whether 
she has been allowed to return to her home.
 A source with the German embassy told the South China Morning Post on Friday 
that German and other foreign diplomats tried to visit Liu’s Beijing apartment 
on Thursday but were stopped by security staff. “The uncertainty over Liu Xia’s 
whereabouts persists,” the source said.
 Concerns have been mounting over the well-being of the 56-year-old poet and 
artist – who has been under house arrest for seven years – since her husband’s 
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 Sources earlier told the Post that diplomats from Germany and the United 
States had asked to meet officials from the Ministry of Public Security to 
discuss Liu’s situation, but their request was refused.
 “Right now the most important thing is to get in touch with Liu Xia, which is 
very difficult,” the German embassy source said, adding that they would 
continue efforts with other foreign diplomats to push for Beijing to grant her 
freedom of movement.
 Separately, a German foreign ministry source said on Wednesday that it would 
continue to urge the Chinese government to allow Liu to leave the country. “We 
are trying to get in contact with her to investigate her wish to exit China. 
The federal government will continue to follow the case closely and to discuss 
it on all levels,” the foreign ministry source said.
 Security is always tight around Liu, and diplomats, journalists and friends 
have been stopped from visiting her in the past.
 After Liu Xiaobo’s death, China News Service quoted a government official as 
saying that Liu was a free person but she did not want to be disturbed.
 Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang also told media earlier that “the entry 
and exit of Chinese citizens will be handled in accordance with the law” when 
pressed by reporters about Liu’s situation and whether she would be allowed to 
leave China.
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 As well as her husband’s death, Liu has had to cope with the loss of her 
father last year and her mother in February, while enduring house arrest after 
Liu Xiaobo was sentenced to 11 years’ jail for “inciting subversion of state 
power” in 2009.
 She was diagnosed with depression in 2014 and friends have said she reached 
breaking point before Liu Xiaobo was granted medical parole in June after being 
diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer.
 Since his death there have been mounting international calls for the 
authorities to loosen their grip on Liu Xia, but Beijing has not responded.
 Activists on the mainland, meanwhile, were arrested for mourning Liu Xiaobo 
after his death. The authorities hastily arranged a cremation and sea burial 
for the late dissident.
 After the funeral, Liu and her brother Liu Hui are believed to have been 
escorted to Dali in Yunnan province, her friends said last month, citing family 
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 Liu Xiaobo, China’s most famous political prisoner, was jailed for his part in 
writing a pro-democracy manifesto known as “Charter 08”. He was awarded the 
2010 Nobel Peace Prize while in jail and was represented by an empty chair at 
the ceremony in Oslo.







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