To our readers: In much of the world’s media, especially in the western media, Liu Xiaobo is consistently described as a tragic figure and heroic human-rights crusader. So there is no need to reprint those widespread accounts here. Less known in the West is the perspective of the Beijing establishment, succinctly presented in China Daily’s news article just published. It is reprinted here as part of our editorial philosophy of presenting differing cosmopolitan perspectives on controversial issues. – The Editors of Asia Media International.
CHINA DAILY WRITES: Liu Xiaobo, a convicted criminal released on medical parole, died of multiple organ failure on Thursday, according to the Shenyang Bureau of Justice in Liaoning province. He was 61.
Since he was diagnosed with liver cancer in June, Liu has been receiving treatment at the First Hospital of China Medical University in Shenyang. The hospital had organized specialists from home and abroad to treat him, but his condition kept getting worse. He died on Thursday after all emergency rescue efforts failed.
Liu was sentenced to 11 years in prison in 2009 for engaging in activities aimed at overthrowing the government.
He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010. However, China considers the award reflects poorly on the Nobel Committee, as Liu was convicted of criminal acts against the State before the prize was announced.