Liu Xia, wife of late dissident, leaves China for Germany

Reuters BEIJING (Reuters) — Liu Xia, the widow of late Chinese Nobel Peace Prize-winning political dissident Liu Xiaobo, left China on a flight to Berlin early on Tuesday, one of her friends told Reuters.

Liu Xia was on board a Finnair flight that left from Beijing at 11 a.m., Ye Du, a writer and friend, told Reuters. Ye said he was informed of Liu’s departure by her older brother.

Her departure, following months of pressure from activists and international human rights organizations, comes at the end of a visit to Germany by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. He is due to leave Germany on Tuesday.

Germany has been pushing China to let Liu leave following the death of her husband on July 13, 2017, from liver cancer while in Chinese custody, Western diplomats have said.

Officials at the German Embassy could not immediately be reached for comment.

Liu Xia, a poet and artist who suffers from depression, had been under house arrest since 2010 when Liu Xiaobo, a veteran of the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests who was sentenced to a 11-year prison term in 2009 for inciting subversion, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.Speech

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