Liu Xia on Liu Xiaobo’s Medical Leave Request

From Chinese writer  廖亦武 Liao Yiwu   on Twitter and Facebook today

Many journalists have been contacting me to ask if Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia really want to go abroad for medical treatment and how they can confirm it. I keep saying it over and over but explaining it over and over has been wearing me out. Currently Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia are under strict police control. I feel compelled to release this handwritten note from Liu Xia. I also have another handwritten note from Liu Xia addressed to the Chinese Public Security Bureau National Security Detachment asking for permission to leave China. For now, I will not be releasing that letter. Journalists and everybody please believe this: their very pressing desire is to leave China to get medical treatment. Liu Xiaobo says it is absolutely true that if he is to die, he would rather die in the West!

I am sick of my life, this grotesque life. I want to tear the version of myself who lives this grotesque life to pieces. I long to escape.
I can hardly believe that Xiaobo agreed to leave China together with me and [my brother] Liu Hui. When he finally learned about it, he was very concerned about my illness.

I am grateful to you and to our friends for everything you’ve been doing and cannot wait to embrace you.

Liu Xia
20 April 2017


Liu Xia note


Liu Yiwu wrote in a separate posting on his Facebook page and Twitter account on June 28th that that he has just provided through an intermediary to a US government official a copy of a handwritten note that Liu Xiaobo’s wife, Liu Xia, had sent some time ago, after having discussed the matter with Liu Xiaobo to the Chinese Public Security Bureau National Security Detachment (Guobao) requesting that Liu Xiaobo be allowed to leave China to get medical treatment. Liao Yiwu has also shared those notes with the German government. He adds now the U.S., German, and Chinese governments have a copy of Liu Xia’s handwritten note.


About 高大伟 David Cowhig

After retirement translated,with wife Jessie, Liao Yiwu's 2019 "Bullets and Opium", and have been studying things 格物致知. Worked 25 years as a US State Department Foreign Service Officer including ten years at US Embassy Beijing and US Consulate General Chengdu and four years as a China Analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Before State I translated Japanese and Chinese scientific and technical books and articles into English freelance for six years. Before that I taught English at Tunghai University in Taiwan for three years. And before that I worked two summers on Norwegian farms, milking cows and feeding chickens.
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