China’s ailing Nobel laureate to receive visit from brothers


BEIJING — China’s ailing Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo is expected to receive visits from his brothers Saturday at a hospital in northern China where he is receiving treatment for advanced liver cancer.

The two brothers were due to arrive separately at the First Hospital of China Medical University in Shenyang on Saturday afternoon, family friend Ye Du told dpa.

Liu’s siblings, wife and brother-in-law are allowed to see him at the hospital but friends are not. Mo Zhixu, a friend, said that Liu’s family had reported that the 61-year-old was currently in a “stable” condition.

Liu, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 for his work campaigning for human rights in China, was diagnosed with advanced liver cancer in May. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison in 2009 for subverting state power and remains under strict supervision at the hospital.

On Friday, doctors gave Liu an intravenous feeding tube as his condition worsened and he was eating poorly. On Thursday, his doctors announced they had stopped giving him cancer-fighting drugs so as not to overwhelm his liver.

A German medical expert arrived in Shenyang on Friday to assist Liu, and an American doctor was expected to arrive on Saturday, said Liu’s lawyer Shang Baojun.

Authorities have rejected Liu’s requests to travel overseas for treatment with his wife, Liu Xia, but in response to an international outcry, have allowed medical experts from Germany and the United States to visit him.