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Liu continues emergency treatment

Reuters BEIJING (Reuters) — China’s Nobel Peace Prize winning dissident Liu Xiaobo is receiving emergency treatment for a second day on Tuesday, the hospital treating him said, as questions remain about whether he is well enough to travel abroad.

Liu, 61, was jailed for 11 years in 2009 for “inciting subversion of state power” after he helped write a petition known as “Charter 08” calling for sweeping political reforms. He was recently moved from jail to a hospital in the city of Shenyang to be treated for late-stage liver cancer.

The hospital said in a short statement that Liu was being “actively rescued” and was suffering from septic shock, an infection in his abdominal cavity and was on dialysis.

On Monday, the hospital said he was receiving the same level of treatment and suffered from kidney problems, a swollen stomach, partial intestinal obstruction and falling blood pressure.

Calls have grown from rights groups and Western governments for China to allow Liu to travel with his wife, Liu Xia, to be treated abroad.

Jared Genser, a U.S. attorney who represents Liu, urged the Chinese government to allow a transfer, noting that additional treatment abroad could extend Liu’s life for several weeks.Speech

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