Liu Xia, widow of Nobel dissident Liu Xiaobo has left China

Liu Xia, widow of Nobel dissident Liu Xiaobo has left China

Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese Nobel dissident Liu Xiaobo, arrived in Germany Tuesday after she was released from years of de facto house arrest in China.

Liu Xiaobo died on, 2017 of late-stage liver cancer, while serving an 11-year jail term for subversion, and the authorities denied requests for him and Liu Xia to travel overseas to seek medical treatment.

As Liu Xia came off a plane in Helsinki, Finland, to transfer to a flight to Berlin, she spread her arms and grinned widely at a waiting photographer. "And they have taken revenge on her, which is absolutely bad". Li met Merkel on Monday to discuss financial and business deals amid the US-China trade war.

He died last summer of late-term liver cancer after the Chinese government repeatedly denied his request to receive medical treatment overseas.

For years Liu Xia has expressed a preference to go to Germany, where she has a circle of friends from China's dissident and literary circles.

The Chinese government confirmed earlier that Liu has left China for Germany, saying she is seeking medical treatment.

Days after the Nobel Committee awarded him the Peace Prize in 2010, infuriating Beijing, Chinese authorities put Ms Liu under house arrest.

"Now, the harassment of Liu Xia's family who remain in China must end too".

Liu, as has been noted multiple times, is guilty of only having fallen in love with Liu Xiaobo, who she married in 1996.

He added: "I share the concerns about the future of Liu Xia's younger brother, Liu Hui, who remains in China and hope he will be allowed to join his sister in Germany if he so wishes".

"The release of Liu Xia shows that when concerned governments push hard enough, Beijing will back down", Richardson said.

"I didn't have a chance/ to say a word before you became/ a character in the news, / everyone looking up to you/ as I was worn down/ at the edge of the crowd", Liu Xia once wrote in a poem to her husband.

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Merkel has spoken out frequently on Chinese human rights abuses and is believed to have pushed for Liu's release during her May visit to Beijing, where she met the wives of detained human rights lawyers.

Analysts, however, pointed to the upcoming anniversary of Liu's husband's death as a reason for the timing.

Her journey comes after the United States and European Union have repeatedly urged President Xi Jinping to allow the widow to leave the country, asserting she had never been charged with a crime.

In the months since Liu Xiaobo's death, friends and supporters of Liu Xia, including United Nations human rights experts, have expressed concern about her mental health due to a series of recordings she released discussing her grief.

Liu is a poet and artist.

Mr Liu, a writer and human rights activist, was given the award for his "long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China".

Liu's release coincides with a visit to Germany by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. The last time a famous political prisoner was permitted to leave China was in 2012.

In May, Western diplomats tried to visit her in her home, but were turned away by security personnel, an official of one of the embassies involved told Reuters at the time. "It would be easier to die than to live".

A petite woman with a shaved head and glasses, Liu Xia has been seen as "the most important link" between Liu Xiaobo and the outside world.

Those who signed the statement included: Bernard Duhaime, chair-rapporteur of the U.N. Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances; Seong-Phil Hong, chair-rapporteur of the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; and Michel Forst, the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. "Nothing would be simpler for me than dying in defiance".

In the past year since her husband's death, authorities continued to closely guard her home, allowing only a few friends and family members to speak to her on the phone or visit her. Liu Xia is reportedly suffering from severe depression and a range of physical ailments, including a heart condition.

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