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BEIJING» Amer­i­can and Ger­man spe­cial­ists saw im­pris­oned Chinese No­bel Peace Prize lau­re­ate Liu Xiaobo on Satur­day and con­firmed that he is in the fi­nal stages of ter­mi­nal liver can­cer, the hos­pi­tal treat­ing him said.

China al­lowed the two doc­tors to travel to the north­east­ern city of Shenyang to see the coun­try’s most prom­i­nent po­lit­i­cal prisoner fol­low­ing in­ter­na­tional crit­i­cism of Beijing’s han­dling of Liu’s ill­ness and calls for him to be treated abroad.

The First Hos­pi­tal of China Med­i­cal Univer­sity said in a state­ment on its web­site that the two for­eign ex­perts “fully af­firmed” Liu’s treat­ment plan so far, but that Liu’s prog­no­sis was grim.

The ex­perts’ visit comes as Liu’s ill­ness has taken a turn for the worse. Chinese doc­tors said Fri­day that they have stopped us­ing can­cer-fight­ing drugs so as not to over­whelm his se­verely weak­ened liver.

Chinese No­bel Peace Prize lau­re­ate Liu Xiaobo.

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