The ashes of Liu Xiaobo, who died from liver cancer, were scattered into the sea on July 15 following a farewell ceremony in Shenyang, Northeastern China’s Liaoning Province. The sea-burial was a request from Liu Xiaobo's family members. Liu’s elder brother, Liu Xiaoguang, said the request was made following local custom and "from the bottom of their hearts" upon signing the application for sea-burial.
Liu Xiaoguang thanked the Chinese government on behalf of Liu Xiaobo's family for fulfilling their requests and providing thoughtful assistance. He also thanked the Chinese government for the humane care Liu’s family members received throughout this period.
Liu Xiaobo was granted medical parole after diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer in May. The First Hospital of China Medical University where Liu was hospitalized invited top Chinese doctors to treat him, with cancer experts from the US and Germany also participating. But Liu's physical condition quickly deteriorated, and he was placed in intensive care. Even with the excellent job his medical carried out, it was not enough to save his life. Liu received the humanitarian care all the way up until the last minute of his life.
While the Chinese side has focused on the medical efforts made to save Liu, some overseas forces are attempting to navigate this particular issue in a political direction, turning his medical treatment into a "human rights" cause. Those overseas forces remain skeptical about Liu's medical diagnosis and the treatment he received. There were even some foreign voice that demanded that the critically ill Liu be transferred abroad in attempt to display their "sympathy." They later clamored and attacked the Chinese side in an exaggerated way when their “demand” went unanswered.
The Chinese side is not interested in engaging with endless and unreasonable accusations from Western media regarding the medical aid it gave Liu. The Chinese side was focused on treating Liu for the purpose of saving his life, while at the same time disclosing to the outside world Liu's medical condition and the level of treatment he was receiving. Such communication was carried out to meet the needs of some foreign interests.
Indeed some Western leaders have begun to understand the hard work that was contributed by the Chinese side. Although a few Western leaders have spoken via their representatives upon Liu Xiaobo's death, they did not mention such topic in public during the recent G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. It is common sense the world over that misfortunes such as a cancer diagnosis are beyond human control.
The radical parties involve a few overseas media outlets, along with some "human rights" organizations, and even a few Western politicians who enjoy using Liu's illness and death as a tool to boost their image while demonizing China. The same overseas influences will always choose to attack the Chinese side regardless of circumstances. Even if Liu Xiaobo had been transferred abroad for medical treatment, they still would have found a negative angle to attack China with.
Rather than actually caring about prolonging Liu's life, the overseas forces behind the negativity over this issue were only interested in exploiting his illness, and subsequent death, in a weak attempt to serve their own interests. Such selfish mindset is akin to those that enjoy eating "buns dipped in human blood,” a metaphor penned by the famous Chinese writer Lu Xun in one of his novels. These same people do not care about allowing Liu Xiaobo to leave this world in peace or even show a level of thoughtfulness towards his family’s feelings.
Now that Liu has died, some overseas media outlets and pundits alike have refused to slow down. They still continue to stir up allegations or create new demands in an attempt to keep this subject hot.
When you really look at this closer, there may very well not be that many people interested in making waves again and again over Liu's illness and death. The heat on this topic has quickly dropped throughout the world. It probably would be too difficult for some overseas media outlets to draw public attention back to this topic the way some would like.
All of the decisions and arrangements that surrounded Liu Xiaobo, including his 11-year jail sentence, followed Chinese law accordingly and stood to reason. It is not surprising that those that do not follow Chinese law and fail to see reason have a highly biased perspective on topics such as this one. As one proverb fittingly states, “you cannot wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.”
The Chinese side will continue to ignore the boisterous noise made by foreign trouble-makers, and especially from those who prefer a hostile approach. Following Chinese law and dealing with Liu's illness and death in a humanitarian way are all part of China's internal affairs. Outside forces simply do not have the right to interfere, much less point the finger.
If outside forces refuse to acknowledge the rules and continue to meddle with China's internal affairs, then time will prove that whatever they say or do will never have an influence. As time continues to pass, they will eventually get bored with their self-stroking entertainment games, and put an end to it all. Such common sense, compared with aggressive behavior from outside forces, is certainly much more powerful.