"I want to tell the regime that is withholding my freedom: I have no enemies", Liu wrote in an essay that was published worldwide in 2010. That's a mistake. Honoring Liu is an act of dedication to China at its best.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Thursday the administration hopes that Liu's widow will be freed from house arrest and "allowed to leave the country".
Liu was arrested nine years ago after co-writing 'Charter 08, ' a bold petition that called for the protection of basic human rights and reform of China's political system.
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Global human rights groups, Western governments and local activists had urged authorities to free Liu and grant his final wish to be treated overseas.
"A poet and artist, she has never been accused, charged, or convicted of any crime", it said.
"We call on the authorities to remove all restrictions on the movement and communications of his family members".
While Beijing may have shrugged off foreign censure, authorities feared Liu's appeal at home, his supporters said. Liu responded to his trial with a warning about China's future. Ai said of his friend, "I think Liu Xiaobo will be remembered as an individual, a strong mind, with his belief, and as a fearless fighter, believing in democracy and freedom of speech". "But this is more likely to be the government's wish". He was moved from his cell to a guarded bed at the First Hospital of China Medical University, where he was barred from speaking out or going overseas for treatment.
The committee's leader, Berit Reiss-Andersen, says the Chinese consulate in Oslo has refused to receive her visa application for travel so she can attend a possible funeral for Mr Liu. On Thursday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged the Chinese government to allow her to leave the country.
"My heartfelt condolences go out to Liu's wife Liu Xia and all of his loved ones".
Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, told reporters Wednesday that Liu, who is suffering from advanced liver cancer, has asked to leave with his wife for treatment overseas.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing lodged official protests with the United States, France, Germany and the United Nations human rights office over their "irresponsible remarks" regarding Liu Xiaobo, and he took aim at his Nobel status.
When I think about it, my most dramatic experiences after June Fourth have been, surprisingly, associated with courts: My two opportunities to address the public have both been provided by trial sessions at the Beijing Municipal Intermediate People's Court, once in January 1991, and again today.
Though Trump has frequently criticized China for its trade policies and economic relationship with North Korea, he has shied away from commenting on human rights abuses in the country. Ma said Tsai and the DPP had "lifted the deceptive veil" of maintaining the status quo in cross-strait relations and that the repeated attacks were an attempt to pull ties back to "tensity and turbulence".