THE relatives and friends of ''black hand'' dissident Wang Juntao have lobbied for his early parole following appeals to Beijing made on Wang's behalf by US President Bill Clinton and German Chancellor Dr Helmut Kohl. However, sources yesterday said while Wang's parents had heard about appeals made by the two leaders, they had no indication from the authorities that the veteran dissident might soon be set free. Sentenced in 1991 to a 13-year jail term, Wang was earlier this year transferred to a military hospital in Beijing's outskirts. Soon after the Seattle summit between Mr Clinton and President Jiang Zemin, there was speculation in Beijing that Wang, who was suffering from liver and heart ailments, might be ''paroled on medical grounds''. Immediately after the summit, Mr Clinton said he had mentioned Wang's case to Mr Jiang. In a press conference the same day, Foreign Minister Qian Qichen said, without citing Wang, that Beijing did have the practice of granting qualified prisoners ''medical bail''. Sources close to the Wang family said the parents had been allowed to visit the dissident once every fortnight since summer. Moreover, they were allowed to send food, medicine and other daily necessities to Wang once a week. Wang has a room to himself, but he is under tight surveillance and not allowed to leave the room. ''Treatment for Wang has slightly improved over the past months but he has not made substantial improvements in his liver and heart problems,'' a source said. The source said Wang's parents had not told the dissident about appeals made on his behalf by the world leaders and by international human-rights watchdogs. Several members of Beijing's dissident circles said Beijing might grant medical bail to a few dissidents when the debate on China's Most Favoured Nation status heats up in the US Congress early next year. They said the former secretary of ousted party chief Zhao Ziyang, Bao Tong, might be among those paroled in the coming months.