Merkel slams China for jailing dissident
AFP · 25 Dec 2009, 16:30
Published: 25 Dec 2009 16:30 GMT+01:00
"I regret that the Chinese government still heavily restricts freedom of expression and the press despite great progress in other areas," Merkel said in a short statement.
Liu, 53, was convicted in Beijing of "inciting subversion of state power" after he co-authored a pamphlet last year that called for human rights protection and the reform of China's one-party communist system.