'Concerned' US urges release of China's Nobel laureate

Liu Xiaobo can travel abroad for cancer treatment

Yet others said Liu may simply be beyond rescue.

Liu's plight has come under a global spotlight amid allegations from his supporters that he had become gravely ill because his cancer wasn't detected and treated in time in prison - and that China has refused to let him seek treatment overseas for political reasons despite calls from other governments, including the US.

Liu, a writer and activist, is the co-author of Charter '08, a document signed in 2008 by 300 intellectuals, calling for a free, democratic and constitutional state in China, which is a one-party state governed by the all-powerful Communist Party.

Mr Liu and his family, who are being closely guarded in the hospital, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Asked about Germany's statement, the foreign ministry on Tuesday said it did not know anything about the issues raised, reiterating its position that countries should not interfere in China's internal affairs.

The Western doctors said the evacuation would need to take place soon before Mr Liu's condition deteriorates further. He was sentenced to 11 years' jail on subversion charges but was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.

Chinese Nobel Peace Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo is in critical condition and his breathing is failing, the hospital treating him says.

"It's also legitimate to question if the authorities are releasing the information about his worsening health as an attempt to delay and justify not allowing Liu Xiaobo to leave the country", Poon said.

In 2010, while in prison, Liu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for "his long and nonviolent struggle for fundamental human rights in China" - prompting an infuriated Beijing to place his wife under house arrest and freeze diplomatic ties with Norway, where the prize victor is chosen.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seiberton, told reporters Wednesday that China should allow Liu to leave the country for medical treatment.

China has previously told diplomats that Liu can not travel because he is too ill to be moved.

The state-run Shenyang hospital has been steadily releasing more details on Liu's condition and treatment, revealing that his wife has been staying with him at the hospital and that traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioners have joined the medical team at the family's request.

The United States repeated calls on Tuesday for Liu to be released and said it was ready to welcome him if he chose to be treated there.

Videos later appeared on YouTube, which is blocked in China, showing the German doctor seeming to praise China's care and saying that Liu could not receive better care in Germany.

The German embassy lashed out at what it called a breach of doctor-patient confidentiality, saying on Monday it seemed that "security organs are steering the process, not medical experts".

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