China arrests 81-year-old writer critical of Communist Party
Writer Tie Liu has been formally charged with "provocation", as key political meeting in Beijing on rule of law concludes
"My husband is nearly 82," Ms Ren said, adding that she is currently barred from leaving the country. "He's not in a good condition. He has high blood pressure, asthma ... I'm really worried about his health."
Communist Party leaders declared on Thursday that China would embrace the "rule of law with Chinese characteristics," at the conclusion of the fourth plenum, an annual, secretive four-day meeting of top officials in Beijing that sets out reforms.
A communique issued at the plenum's close detailed reforms aimed at creating a more predictable legal landscape, while keeping the courts under party control.
State-run media touted the proposals as a landmark moment. There is widespread dissatisfaction with China's vast legal system among the public, who view the judiciary as corrupt and under political sway.
China has around 200,000 judges who are part of the administrative apparatus that governs the country and are as such not independent.