>> Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Liu Xiaobo, has died. Beijing sentenced Lui to 11 years in prison for inciting subversion of state power, after he helped author a petition calling for sweeping political reforms. His diagnosis of late stage liver cancer was revealed last month, when the disease was virtually beyond treatment.
Granted medical parole he was kept in a guarded hospital during the last weeks of his life. An intellectual, he was a visiting professor at Columbia University in New York in 1989 when students in Beijing occupied Tiananmen Square demanding democratic reforms. Liu flew back to China to support the protests.
He was arrested in 2008, and awarded the Nobel Prize in 2010 while he was incarcerated. China, at the time, said Liu's award was an obscenity that should not have gone to a man it called a criminal and a subversive. Liu's death was mourned by world leaders. Chancellor Angela Merkle, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the Chair of the Nobel Committee all praised the dissident's commitment to civil rights and democracy.
The American ambassador to Beijing saying, China has lost a deeply principled role model who deserved our respect and adulation, not the prison sentences to which he was subjected. But US President Donald Trump, asked by a reporter how he felt about Chinese President Xi Jinping, did not take the opportunity to mention the dead dissident.
But instead, took the chance to praise Xi.>> President Xi is a terrific guy. I like being with him a lot. And he's a very special person. Liu Xiaobo is the first Nobel laureate to die in government custody since German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky perished in Nazi hands in 1938.