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Liu Xiaobo now receiving traditional Chinese medicine treatment

Liu Xiaobo now receiving traditional Chinese medicine treatment

Chinas jailed dissident and Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo will be given traditional Chinese medicine therapy to treat his liver cancer, experts said even as Beijing rejected global calls for his treatment overseas. Liu is also taking molecular-targeted drugs, the most advanced medicine to treat liver cancer widely recognized by doctors from home and overseas.

Last week, newly appointed US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad said the US would like to see Liu treated elsewhere for his cancer.

A second source familiar with the case said officials from China, Germany and the European Union were still discussing the matter and no final decision had been made.

However, Liu's friend, political dissident Hu Jia, said Monday a video that emerged on YouTube over the weekend appeared to indicate that Liu was in stable condition.

A family member of Liu's said on Saturday his "time is limited" due to a fluid build up around his stomach caused by liver scarring. "There's no question that Liu Xiaobo can travel".

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Reliable, independent information on Liu's condition and his desire to travel has been hard to obtain, since Liu and Liu Xia have always been isolated by the authorities out of the reach of most friends and the media.

Western governments have been urging Beijing to release Liu and allow him the freedom to choose where he wants to be treated. On Monday, the judicial bureau in Shenyang, the northeastern city where Liu is undergoing treatment, posted a statement that said Liu is receiving "meticulous care" from well-known Chinese doctors for liver cancer that has metastasized to his entire body. "We have not been able to speak to family members, who are under pressure not to speak to us".

He was in prison in 2010 when the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded him the peace prize for "his long and nonviolent struggle for fundamental human rights in China".

Jailed since 2009 on charges of "inciting subversion of state power" for authoring a document calling for increased democracy in China, Liu was recently released from prison on medical parole after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer in late May.


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