DISSIDENT Hou Xiaotian is due to arrive in Hong Kong tomorrow evening on the first leg of her ''world tour'' to publicise the fate of her husband, jailed democracy activist Wang Juntao. Ms Hou, 33, will spend one week in the territory, where she plans to meet fellow dissident and labour leader Han Dongfang, before flying to Europe and the United States. Despite the notoriety caused by her very-public campaign on behalf of her husband, who is serving a 13-year prison term for his role in the 1989 democracy movement, Ms Hou says she does not expect any problems when she returns to China next April. She said yesterday her situation was different to that of Mr Han, who was expelled from Shenzhen and had his passport revoked after he tried to re-enter China last month. ''I don't plan to engage in any political activities or join any of those dissident groups abroad so I'm not worried about being refused entry when I come back,'' she told the South China Morning Post. ''It all depends on what you do, and I don't intend to do anything that will get me into trouble. I just want to talk about Wang Juntao's situation,'' she said. Wang, now held in a military hospital in southwest Beijing, is seriously ill with hepatitis B and a heart complaint. ''His health is not at all good. He is very weak and listless,'' Ms Hou said. ''He has actually put on weight but that is only because he doesn't get any exercise. All he does is eat, sleep and read all day.'' Ms Hou is demanding that her husband be released on medical parole so that he can receive proper treatment. ''Hepatitis is a very difficult illness to treat,'' she said. ''The doctors at the hospital are quite helpful but they are constrained by the authorities.'' Wang has not been allowed visits from his wife and family for several months because the authorities say he is ''not co-operating''. Despite persistent requests to see her husband for one last time before she leaves the country, the authorities have continued to deny any prison visits. However, officials from the Beijing Public Security Bureau have indicated they might allow a visit from Wang's parents after Ms Hou has left the country. Ms Hou said she was ''disappointed'' at not being allowed to see her husband but admitted that it was perhaps inevitable that her request would be turned down. Although Ms Hou has stated that she does not plan to join any ''anti-government groups'' while abroad, she said she might meet some fellow dissidents now in exile. ''The reason for me going abroad is not to meet those kind of people but if I bump into them then of course I won't be able to ignore them,'' she said. ''For example, it is likely that I will meet Han Dongfang in Hong Kong.'' Analysts said that while Ms Hou might be determined not to engage in political activities abroad, the Chinese authorities might not see it that way. Ms Hou was imprisoned for five months after the 1989 crackdown and has been detained on several occasions since then for trying publicise her husband's fate. She is considered by the authorities to be a ''trouble maker''. ''There are plenty of people in the Government who would like to see her stay abroad permanently,'' a Western diplomat said. ''But the international uproar which followed the expulsion of Han Dongfang might lead them to think twice about not letting her back in,'' he said. Ms Hou herself says the authorities have been easing up on her lately. She used to be followed everywhere by teams of plain-clothes public security officers but the surveillance had been significantly reduced over the past few months. ''They know I'm leaving, so they don't care any more,'' she said.