Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, arriving at Helsinki International Airport this month. She has faced heavy restrictions on her movements since 2010, when her husband won the Nobel Peace Prize, which infuriated Beijing. Photo: AFP

Welcome release of Liu Xia comes at a time when China needs friends

With the widow of Liu Xiaobo now in Germany, Beijing must think again on how it handles rights activists amid global tensions and a growing US trade war

Topic |   Human rights in China

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Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, arriving at Helsinki International Airport this month. She has faced heavy restrictions on her movements since 2010, when her husband won the Nobel Peace Prize, which infuriated Beijing. Photo: AFP
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