Beijing, Jul 7 (AFP) US and German doctors are set to visit China’s cancer-stricken Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo this weekend, sources familiar with Liu’s case told AFP, as the democracy advocate’s health has deteriorated.Also Read - Supreme Court Set to Take Up All-Or-Nothing Abortion Fight

Three sources said at least two doctors are due to visit the 61-year-old activist in the northeastern city of Shenyang following an invitation from the hospital treating Liu, who is under medical parole from prison. Also Read - Texas Abortion Ban Stays in Force as Justices Mull Outcome

The sources did not provide more details, while the US and German embassies refused to confirm whether any foreign doctors would pay a visit this weekend. Also Read - US: 30-year High Inflation Rate May Put Dent on Thanksgiving Holiday

“We are aware of reports that the medical condition of jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate and writer Liu Xiaobo is rapidly deteriorating,” US embassy spokeswoman Mary Beth Polley said.

“We understand that the Chinese hospital treating Liu has invited US and German medical experts to China for consultations,” she said.

“We have asked that China grant these doctors unhindered access to Liu,” Polley said, reiterating US calls for China to grant Liu full parole.

China has faced international pressure to let Liu travel abroad for treatment since he was transferred from prison to a Shenyang hospital after he was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer more than a month ago.

The United Nations human rights office demanded today that the UN be given access to Liu.

The foreign doctors’ visit come as Chinese President Xi Jinping is in Hamburg, Germany, for a G20 summit that started today and ends Saturday.

Liu was sentenced to 11 years in prison in December 2009 for “subversion” after calling for democratic reform. At the Nobel ceremony in Oslo in 2010, he was represented by an empty chair. (AFP)

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.