German, US doctors visit ill Chinese Nobel victor

German doctor to examine Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo

"He is personally deciding that Liu Xiaobo will suffer more pain, and that he is refusing to honor the wishes of a dying man to receive the treatment he desires", Genser says.

The hospital has previously said that Liu's liver function is deteriorating, and that blood clots are forming in his left leg and could potentially travel to the brain or the lungs, leading to death.

The First Hospital of China Medical University said Mr Liu, 61, was visited by American oncology expert Joseph Herman from the MD Anderson Cancer Centre and German doctor Marcus Buchler from Heidelberg University.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government has maintained that Liu is receiving the best treatment possible at the First Hospital of China Medical University in the northern city of Shenyang.

Furthermore, the experts are unlikely to be able to speak about Liu's condition, Poon said. "Fearless in his calls for Chinese democracy, freedom and human rights, Liu is now stricken with late-stage liver cancer and his health faces immediate danger", said the DPP, calling on Beijing to restore Liu's physical and spiritual freedom.

Beijing has come under criticism from Western governments for not fully releasing Liu, who was diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer in May while serving an 11-year sentence for inciting subversion by advocating sweeping political reforms that would end one-party rule.

The hospital itself released a brief online statement late Saturday that quoted an unnamed Chinese expert as saying it would be unsafe for Liu to travel overseas.

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"We have no better method" of treating Mr Liu, it quoted the worldwide experts as saying in response to a question about whether the laureate would receive more effective treatment overseas.

An earlier statement from Shenyang officials also quoted Liu's family as saying they were "satisfied" with his treatment in prison and at the hospital.

Although the Chinese government has so far showed no sign that it would free Liu or allow him to travel overseas, it has acceded to family requests to allow liver cancer experts from Germany, the USA and elsewhere to join the Chinese medical team treating Liu. Chinese doctors said Friday that they have stopped using cancer-fighting drugs so as not to overwhelm his severely weakened liver. At times, Liu was lucid enough to communicate in English, Shang said. Authorities have also kept Liu's wife, Xia, under house arrest.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 while in prison.

Hu Jia, a Chinese dissident and family friend, said that Beijing is afraid of letting its most potent opposition symbol go overseas as long as he is able to speak to the media. The lawyer, other people close to Mr. Liu and his wife have asked that he to be allowed to travel overseas for treatment, but have not given a clear reason.

China's Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether Mr Liu would be allowed to leave.

The United Nations human rights office demanded last Friday (July 7) that the UN be given access to Mr Liu, but as world leaders met with their Chinese counterpart in Germany, they remained largely silent on laureate's fate.

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