China invites foreign experts to treat Nobel laureate Liu

In this Thursday, June 29, 2017, photo, a video clip shows China's jailed Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo lying on a bed receiving medical treatment at a hospital on a computer screen in Beijing. China says it has invited U.S. and German liver cancer experts to join a medical team treating imprisoned Liu. The judicial bureau for the northeastern city of Shenyang said Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in an online statement that Liu's family members made a request for foreign experts and Liu's medical team agreed. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

 

BEIJING (AP) — China says it has invited U.S. and German liver cancer experts to join a medical team treating imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo.

The judicial bureau for the northeastern city of Shenyang said Wednesday in an online statement that Liu’s family members made a request for foreign experts and Liu’s medical team agreed. Liu, China’s best-known political prisoner, is being treated at a Shenyang hospital for late-stage liver cancer diagnosed in late May.

Amid rising criticism, China says it has assembled a team of eight Chinese specialists to oversee Liu’s treatment, and released statements and video footage testifying to the care he is receiving.

Foreign governments and Liu’s supporters are urging Beijing to release him and allow him the freedom to choose where he wants to be treated.

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