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U.S. calls on China to release Liu Xiaobo's wife and let her leave
July 13, 2017 / 3:59 PM / in 4 months

U.S. calls on China to release Liu Xiaobo's wife and let her leave

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed condolences for the death of Nobel Peace Prize-winner Liu Xiaobo on Thursday and called on China to release his wife Liu Xia and let her leave the country.

Pro-democracy activists mourn the death of Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo, outside China's Liaison Office in Hong Kong, China July 13, 2017. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

“Today, I join those in China and around the world in mourning the tragic passing of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died while serving a lengthy prison sentence in China for promoting peaceful democratic reform,” Tillerson said in a statement.

“I call on the Chinese government to release Liu Xia from house arrest and allow her to depart China, according to her wishes.”

Reporting by David Brunnstrom

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