Washington: The US on Wednesday demanded the
release of jailed Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and asked
China to improve on the human rights situation in the country
, in remarks that may put fresh strains in ties between the
two world powers.
However, the White House refrained from making any
comment to the letter written by some of the top retired
Communist leaders in China urging Beijing to abolish
"I will say, look, the President`s trip to China,
our event in Shanghai, where the President mentioned the need
for dropping government control of things like the Internet,"
the White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, told reporters.
"The President I think was fairly clear on Friday
that the Nobel Prize recipient -- human rights should be
improved and that the recipient should be free from jail,"
Gibbs said in response to a question.
Liu Xiaobo is serving an 11-year jail term for
inciting subversion of state power in China.