Liu Xia ‘Under Pressure’ During First Public Appearance Since Her Exile

Source: The Cambodia Daily / / By RFA /

Liu Xia, widow of late Nobel peace laureate and prisoner of conscience Liu Xiaobo, has made her first trip to the United States since beginning a new life in Germany following eight years under house arrest.

Liu Xia attends an award ceremony
Liu Xia attends an award ceremony hosted by the Vaclav Havel Foundation in New York, Sept. 26, 2018. RFA

Liu appeared on Wednesday evening at an award ceremony and panel discussion in New York, where Germany-based Chinese writer and close friend Liao Yiwu received an award from the Vaclav Havel Foundation.

She received immediate applause from the audience on entering the venue, but said little about her situation, or her experiences under house arrest, other than to thank her supporters.