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China Nobel winner's wife in rare video appearance

Published on Jan 15, 2014 1:08 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Rare video footage of Ms Liu Xia, the wife of imprisoned Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, reading two self-written poems under house arrest was posted online on Wednesday.

Chinese authorities have not charged Ms Liu Xia with any crime but have restricted her to her home in Beijing since 2010 when her husband - an outspoken advocate of democratic reform - was awarded the Nobel peace prize, following his jailing.

He was sentenced to 11 years in prison in 2009 on subversion charges after co-authoring Charter 08, a bold petition calling for political reform in his Communist-ruled homeland.

A video of Ms Liu filmed at home reading two poems was posted to the video-sharing site Youtube by China's Independent PEN Centre, a group of writers advocating freedom of expression in the Communist-ruled country.

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