Widow of Nobel dissident Liu Xiaobo 'leaves China'

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In this December 6, 2012 photo, Liu Xia, the wife of China's jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, poses with a photo of her and her husband during an interview at her home in Beijing.

While authorities allowed Liu Xia to leave China, her brother Liu Hui reportedly has remained in China. Thanks to everyone who has helped and cared for her these few years.

Hua said she "could not see any link" between Liu Xia's departure and the high-level Chinese visit.

Liu Xia, the widow of late Chinese political dissident Liu Xiaobo, has left Beijing on a flight to Berlin, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) said on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources.

Through her husband's ordeal, Liu Xia, 57, faced her trials on her own. "I can only do what I have always done, and be patient until the situation changes", said Liu Xia.

"Liu Xia is finally fulfilling Liu Xiaobo's wishes and escaping from the prison that is China", author Ma Jian said via his Twitter account.

Ms Liu's departure, following a year of pressure on Beijing from activists and rights groups, comes at the end of a visit to Germany by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, during which the two countries signed commercial deals worth more than $US23 billion ($31 billion).

Friends of Liu Xia had expressed concern for her mental health ahead of the first anniversary of her husband's death on Friday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been vocal about Chinese human rights abuses and is believed to have pushed for Liu Xia's release during her May visit to Beijing, where she met the wives of detained human rights lawyers.

In 2009, China sentenced Liu Xiaobo to 11 years in prison on a charge of inciting subversion after he helped write Charter 08, a manifesto calling for political and economic liberalization.

In a July 2017 photo released by the Shenyang Municipal Information Office, Liu Xia, wife of jailed Nobel Peace Prize victor and Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, holds a portrait of him during his funeral at a funeral parlor in Shenyang in northeastern China's Liaoning Province.

Officials have also insisted that Liu Xia was free to move around - a clear contradiction of the reality on the ground, according to her friends and people who encountered guards blocking their attempts to visit her at her home in Beijing.

Liu Xia's release and her departure from the country show that sustained global pressure can bring about positive human rights developments in China, Human Rights Watch said.

China's foreign ministry confirmed on Tuesday that Liu Xia had left for health reasons and that she had gone to Germany to "treat her illness according to her wishes".

For three years, she used the marriage certificate as a "visitor's permit" to visit Liu Xiaobo monthly at a labor camp 800 kilometers away from Beijing.

"I'm in a sea of joy", said veteran activist "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung as he drank a toast to Liu Xiaobo.

Cruz previously authored a resolution honoring the life and work of Liu Xiaobo and in July of a year ago, as well as the fall of 2015, delivered speeches calling attention to Liu's plight.

Based on a series of lengthy statements issued by both China's state news agency, Xinhua, and China's foreign ministry, China achieved fruitful results on trade with Germany.

Liu Xiaobo died of liver cancer last July while under government custody, prompting renewed calls for Liu Xia's release.

The detention of Liu Xia may have even violated Chinese law. "China hopes to team up with Germany", Mr Lau said.

"If I can't leave, I'll die in my home", Liu Xia told her close friend Liao Yiwu, a writer who documented their phone conversation in an essay published in May.

"It's easier to die than live". The last time a famous political prisoner was permitted to leave China was in 2012. "Using death to defy could not be any simpler for me". He said China's constitution protected human rights.

China claimed that Liu Xia's freedom of movement was not impeded.