Liu Xiaobo, Jailed Chinese Nobel Laureate, Is Moved From Prison for Cancer Treatment

Mo Shaoping, another lawyer who has represented Mr. Liu, said that “in principle” Mr. Liu could receive visits from family members but that he was uncertain whether Ms. Liu was with him.

The news of Mr. Liu’s condition also creates a potential worry for President Xi Jinping, who is focused on a congress in autumn that is all but sure to appoint him for a second term as Communist Party leader and promote a new generation of senior officials.

In his first five years in power, Mr. Xi has pursued an intense crackdown on dissent. But even in hospital confinement, Mr. Liu could serve as a new rallying point for China’s beleaguered human rights activists, angered that his cancer was not detected until it was seemingly too late to save him.

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