China has reportedly denied the visa application of Nobel Peace Prize committee chief Berit Reiss-Andersen, who was hoping to attend the funeral of Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo. His wife, Liu Xia, who is under house arrest and smothering surveillance, was prevented from speaking about her husband's condition but in a brief video conference with a friend she said: "Can't operate, can't do radiotherapy, can't do chemotherapy".
"Liu Xia is free so far, and we want her to avoid trouble because she was in grief after losing a relative", Zhang Qingyang, a spokesman for authorities in the northern city of Shenyang, said Saturday.
The European Union leaders have expressed their most honest condolences and respect to Liu Xiaobo's wife Ms. Liu Xia, his family and friends. "I don't think she is back in Beijing".
China Rejects Visa Application of Nobel Committee Chief Who Wanted to Attend Liu Xiaobo's Funeral
Liu died on Thursday of multiple organ failure, according to authorities.
As per South China Morning Post, close friends are now anxious about her situation, as she had also lost her parents past year and suffered from depression and a heart condition. "I haven't been able to get in touch with her". He was being treated for terminal cancer under medical parole. When he died, he was approaching the end of an 11-year prison sentence for subverting state power.
Since Liu's death, foreign officials including US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and United Nations rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein have called on Chinese authorities to end Liu Xia's house arrest and allow her to move overseas.