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Don't make 'improper remarks', China warns West

2017-07-14 HKT 04:32
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  • Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said “a few foreign officials” were making improper comments on Liu Xiaobo’s death. File photo: AP
    Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said “a few foreign officials” were making improper comments on Liu Xiaobo’s death. File photo: AP
Beijing on Friday warned western countries not to comment improperly on Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel laureate and dissident, who has died of multiple organ failure due to liver cancer.

The official news agency Xinhua quoted Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang defending the country’s handling of the case.

"We call on relevant countries to respect China's judicial sovereignty," Geng said, adding that "a few foreign officials" were making improper comments” on Liu’s death, without giving details.

"China is a country under the rule of law. The handling of Liu Xiaobo's case belongs to China's internal affairs, and foreign countries are in no position to make improper remarks," said Geng, without naming individual countries.

However, several western governments, including the United States, offered to have their experts treat Liu, and the French, British and US governments have all called for Liu's family to have freedom of movement.

Separately, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday described Liu as a "courageous fighter for civil rights and freedom of expression".

In Washington, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Liu had "dedicated his life to the betterment of his country and humankind, and to the pursuit of justice and liberty".

Geng said mainland medical experts had made "all-out efforts" to treat Liu "out of humanity and in accordance with the law" after his cancer diagnosis.