At­tacks by Tai­wan party ‘dan­ger­ous’

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS -

A main­land spokesman said on Fri­day that re­peated, ar­bi­trary at­tacks on the main­land by Tai­wan’s Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party and its lead­ers con­sti­tute dan­ger­ous be­hav­ior.

Tai­wan au­thor­i­ties and the DPP have made reck­less re­marks on the main­land’s po­lit­i­cal sys­tem fol­low­ing Liu Xiaobo’s death from ill­ness, said Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the State Coun­cil Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice.

Ma said that Liu was con­victed of vi­o­lat­ing Chi­nese law. Fol­low­ing his di­ag­no­sis of liver can­cer, rel­e­vant de­part­ments and med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions of China made all-out ef­forts to treat him hu­manely in ac­cor­dance with the law.

Ma said that the DPP and its leader had lifted t he de­cep­tive veil of “main­tain­ing the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion”, at­tacked the main­land re­peat­edly and also ag­gra­vated cross-Straits con­flicts, at­tempt­ing to pull crossS­traits re­la­tions back to tur­bu­lence.

“Such be­hav­ior is very dan­ger­ous,” Ma said. Only peo­ple on the main­land have the right to judge the main­land’s po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment, he said.

Liu was sen­tenced to 11 years in jail in De­cem­ber 2009 for in­cit­ing sub­ver­sion of State power. He was re­leased on med­i­cal pa­role af­ter a di­ag­no­sis of liver can­cer and died of mul­ti­ple or­gan fail­ure due to the can­cer on Thurs­day at age 61.

The hos­pi­tal where Liu re­ceived med­i­cal treat­ment did its best to save his life, his main doc­tor, Liu Yun­peng, said on Thurs­day night.

“Since the day Liu Xiaobo was ad­mit­ted, the hos­pi­tal made ev­ery ef­fort in his treat­ment,” said the doc­tor, who is with the First Hos­pi­tal of China Med­i­cal Univer­sity in Shenyang, Liaon­ing prov­ince.

Well-known ex­perts from China as well as Ger­many and the United States were also in­vited for joint con­sul­ta­tions, said Liu Yun­peng, also di­rec­tor of the med­i­cal on­col­ogy depart­ment at the hos­pi­tal. Doc­tors with the hos­pi­tal held 25 con­sul­ta­tions, had five joint di­ag­noses with Chi­nese ex­perts from out­side, and briefed Liu Xiaobo’s fam­ily on his ill­ness 23 times, Liu Yun­peng said.

Pro­fes­sor Markus Buech­ler of the Univer­sity of Hei­del­berg in Ger­many and Pro­fes­sor Joseph Herman of the MD An­der­son Can­cer Cen­ter in the United States were also in­vited to the hos­pi­tal for joint con­sul­ta­tions.

Asked why the pa­tient was not trans­ferred over­seas for treat­ment, Liu Yun­peng said the pa­tient was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, which did not al­low him to be moved.

“The sit­u­a­tion was very dan­ger­ous. He might have been in need of surgery at any time,” the doc­tor said.

“US and Ger­man ex­perts spoke highly of the hos­pi­tal’s work, be­liev­ing the pa­tient had re­ceived qual­ity treat­ment. They held that hos­pi­tals in their own coun­tries could not have done a bet­ter job,” he said. He also said Liu Xiaobo’s type of liver can­cer was very hard to di­ag­nose at an early stage and it de­vel­oped very quickly.

Dur­ing his last hours, Liu Xiaobo was ac­com­pa­nied by his wife, Liu Xia, and sev­eral rel­a­tives, ac­cord­ing to the hos­pi­tal.

The ar­range­ments for Liu Xiaobo’s fu­neral will re­spect the wishes of his fam­ily and lo­cal cus­toms, with rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance if the fam­ily re­quests, China News Ser­vice re­ported on Fri­day.

The au­thor­i­ties will pro­tect Liu Xia’s le­git­i­mate rights and in­ter­ests as a Chi­nese cit­i­zen, the re­port said.

WANG ZHUANGFEI/CHINA DAILY

A pint-size po­ten­tial mu­sic star plays drums at the eighth Kids Fun Expo on Fri­day. The expo, open through Sun­day at the Agri­cul­tural Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­ter in Beijing, in­cludes thou­sands of toys from over 200 brands from across the world.

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