China has invited medical experts from Germany and the United States to help treat jailed Nobel prize winner Liu Xiaobo for cancer, a local government has announced, in a softening of its stance ahead of this weekend’s G20 summit in Germany.
Liu was jailed for 11 years in 2009 for “inciting subversion of state power” after he helped write a petition known as “Charter 08” calling for sweeping political reforms.
He was recently moved from jail to a hospital to be treated for late-stage liver cancer.G20
The move comes ahead of President Xi Jinping’s attendance at a summit of the Group of 20 nations in the German city of Hamburg on Friday and Saturday, a high-profile event where Xi will seek to project Chinese leadership on issues such as climate change and free trade.
Diplomatic sources in Beijing say China has been nervous that the issue over the Nobel Peace Prize winner could overshadow Xi’s appearance.