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Ill Chinese Nobel laureate able to travel, foreign doctors say

Cancer-stricken Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo is still able to travel abroad for treatment, say two American and German specialists who visited him.

The two doctors issued a joint statement on Sunday saying that both the University of Heidelberg and the MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Texas have agreed to accept Liu, but any evacuation would have to take place "as quickly as possible".

The opinion of the two foreign doctors appears to directly contradict statements by Chinese experts, who have ruled out Liu travelling because it would be unsafe.

A lawyer who is close to Liu's family told The Associated Press on Saturday that Liu told the foreign doctors he wanted to go abroad for treatment, preferably in Germany, although the US would also be fine.

China allowed the two doctors to travel to the north east city of Shenyang to see its most prominent political prisoner.

It follows international criticism of Beijing's handling of his illness and calls for him to be treated abroad.

Beijing has come under criticism from Western governments for not fully releasing Mr Liu, who was diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer in May.

He is serving an 11-year sentence for inciting subversion by advocating sweeping political reforms that would end one-party rule.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, the year after he was convicted and jailed by a Chinese court.

AP

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