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China Calls on Germany to Refrain From Interfering in Case of Nobel Laureate Liu

© AFP 2021 / ODD ANDERSENThis file photo taken on December 10, 2010 shows Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann (L) reading Liu Xiaobo's text "I have no enemies" next to the The Nobel Peace Prize committee Chairman Thorbjoern Jagland (R) sitting next to an empty chair during the ceremony for the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo (displayed at C) at the city hall in Oslo, on December 10, 2010
This file photo taken on December 10, 2010 shows Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann (L) reading Liu Xiaobo's text I have no enemies next to the The Nobel Peace Prize committee Chairman Thorbjoern Jagland (R) sitting next to an empty chair during the ceremony for the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo (displayed at C) at the city hall in Oslo, on December 10, 2010 - Sputnik International
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Beijing calls on Berlin to refrain from interfering in Chinese domestic affairs under the pretext of the case of prominent dissident and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Tuesday.

Pro-democracy activists stage a sit-in protest demanding the release of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, outside China's Liaison Office in Hong Kong, China July 10, 2017. - Sputnik International
German Embassy Accuses China of Doctor's Visit Surveilling to Nobel Winner Liu
BEIJING (Sputnik) — On Monday, German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said that Liu's case was closely watched in Germany, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Chinese authorities to show some "humanity" in this issue. In addition, Germany's Embassy in China accused Chinese authorities of illicitly monitoring and recording a German doctor's visit to Liu.

"As for the statement of the German Embassy, I do not have information about the situation described there. As for the statements of German side, I want to say again that we hope that corresponding countries will respect the legal sovereignty and would not interfere in China's inner affairs under the pretext of specific cases," Geng said at a briefing.

Liu was tried for "inciting subversion of state power" in 2009, a year after publishing the Charter 08 manifesto, calling for overhauling democratic reforms in China. He was subsequently convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison. In 2010, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, triggering a massive diplomatic row between China and Norway. His prison term is expected to be completed by 2020.

In May, Liu was diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer and was allowed to be transferred out of the prison to receive the necessary treatment in a hospital. Despite the calls on Beijing to allow the dissident to be treated overseas, the Chinese authorities remained uncompromising on this issue, warning against foreign involvement.

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