This handout picture taken on May 24 and released by Li Wenzu on May 28, 2018 shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) speaking with Li Wenzu in Beijing. "AFP PHOTO / Li Wenzu"
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel met the wives of two detained Chinese human rights lawyers during her trip to Beijing last week in a rare move for a visiting leader, the women told AFP Monday.Merkel did not mention the meeting with the two women during her two-day visit on Thursday and Friday, though she said she brought up human rights during her talks with Premier Li Keqiang.Li's husband Wang Quanzhang is an attorney who represented political activists and disappeared in a 2015 police sweep.Merkel also met Xu Yan.Human rights activists had hoped that Merkel's visit would help persuade Chinese authorities to allow poet Liu Xia, the widow of dissident Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, to leave the country.
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