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]>> It's been ten months since Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo died in Chinese custody. He'd been denied permission to go abroad for cancer treatment and he left his wife, Liu Xia, a widow. Now one source tells Reuters China is repeatedly delaying talks on letting her leave the country.
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She's been under house arrest since her husband was jailed in 2010 for subversion of state power. Her freedom has been a top priority for her family and friends and western rights groups after her husband's death. However, as Reuters Christian Shepherd reports, Chinese authorities have resisted the efforts.>> A western diplomat who is involved in Liu Xia's case is saying that the Chinese side has been putting off discussions again and again.
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They kept giving dates, and then they would roll back on them. They would say that they need to postpone further. Which has meant that concern is growing she's not gonna be let out of the country in the near future.>> Friends of Liu Xia say that process of granting her freedom have been slowed over what she might say once she's let go.
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>> There has been a precedent in the past for Chinese dissidents who are a thorn in the side of the government to be allowed to leave because in some senses, it is seen as a way of getting rid of them, getting them out of China and into a western nation.
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Now it seems that perhaps under Xi Jinping's new term, the willingness to do this is reduced. China is worried that Liu Xia, when she's abroad, may start to say things about her experience about those Liu Xiaobo's experience which could be an embarrassment for the government. So some friends and rights groups are suggesting that's why they won't let her go.
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>> Since coming to power in 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping, has presided over a crackdown to crush dissent throughout Chinese society. Hundreds of rights activists and lawyers have been detained, and dozens have been jailed.