<HTML XMLNS:FB><HEAD> <META name=GENERATOR content="MSHTML 8.00.6001.19019"></HEAD> <BODY> <H1 class=fullStoryhead>Chinese authorities let Weiwei see wife </H1>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <DIV id=fb-root></DIV> <SCRIPT src="ctsall.js"></SCRIPT> <FB:LIKE class=" fb_edge_widget_with_comment fb_iframe_widget" href="http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=Chinese+authorities+let+Weiwei+see+wife&amp;NewsID=288203" send="true" layout="button_count" width="500" height="350" show_faces="false" font=""><SPAN><IFRAME style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; WIDTH: 500px; HEIGHT: 20px; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none" id=f27efefbbc8808 class=fb_ltr title="Like this content on Facebook." src="http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?channel_url=http%3A%2F%2Fstatic.ak.fbcdn.net%2Fconnect%2Fxd_proxy.php%3Fversion%3D1%23cb%3Df11dec069cdf6d4%26origin%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.thehimalayantimes.com%252Ff32ac56267c95bc%26relation%3Dparent.parent%26transport%3Dpostmessage&amp;href=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thehimalayantimes.com%2FfullNews.php%3Fheadline%3DChinese%2Bauthorities%2Blet%2BWeiwei%2Bsee%2Bwife%26NewsID%3D288203&amp;layout=button_count&amp;locale=en_US&amp;node_type=link&amp;sdk=joey&amp;send=true&amp;show_faces=false&amp;width=500" name=f1750e5922c011c scrolling=no></IFRAME></SPAN></FB:LIKE> <DIV class=fullnews><FONT color=#000000 size=+1>&nbsp;&nbsp;First such meeting since China arrested the artist in April</FONT></DIV> <P class=lastUpdated>Added At: &nbsp;2011-05-16 11:08 PM</P> <P class=lastUpdated>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Last Updated At: 2011-05-16 11:08 PM</P> <DIV class=storyInfo> <UL class=printShare><!-- Save the news section --></UL></DIV> <P style="DISPLAY: none" id=saveTHTNews class=save_popup>&nbsp;</P> <DIV style="MAX-WIDTH: 317px; FLOAT: left" id=imgOrVidHolder></DIV><!-- <div id="imgOrVidHolder"> --> <DIV class=fullnews> <P><B>AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE</B></P> <P></P> <P>BEIJING: Detained artist Ai Weiwei has been allowed to meet with his wife for the first time since being taken into custody in early April and appeared to be in good health, his sister said today.<BR><BR>Ai s wife, Lu Qing, was permitted to visit him briefly on Sunday but the two were not allowed to discuss his case or whether the state was ready to press formal charges against the outspoken artist, his sister Gao Ge said.<BR><BR>The meeting is believed to be the first known face-to-face contact between Ai, one of China s most prominent artists, and his family since he was detained by police on April 3 amid the ruling Communist Party s biggest crackdown on dissidents and activists in years.<BR><BR>Gao suggested the timing of the meeting might have been intended to dispel any fears that Ai was being beaten, tortured or otherwise mistreated. The burly artist suffers from diabetes.<BR><BR> He has not been mistreated, Gao told AFP by phone, adding that he was receiving his medications.<BR><BR>Ai is an outspoken critic of China s government and his detention has been loudly condemned internationally, with the United States and European Union calling for his release.<BR><BR>So far, the Chinese government has said only that Ai is under investigation for economic crimes, but police have failed to issue a formal arrest warrant.<BR><BR> Of course we would like to see him freed, Gao said.  But this is something that is not in our power, our main goal is that they immediately establish and register a case against him. <BR><BR>Chinese authorities, apparently spooked by the wave of pro-democracy uprisings sweeping the Middle East, have detained dozens of lawyers, artists and other perceived critics in recent weeks.<BR><BR>Many of the detainees have reported being beaten while in custody.<BR><BR>Liu Xiaoyuan, a rights lawyer and close friend of Ai who said he met Lu today, told AFP it was unclear where the meeting between the artist and his wife took place but that it was not at a police detention centre. He said in a later Twitter posting that Ai appeared to be under  residential surveillance away from his home.<BR><BR>Human rights groups have criticised  residential surveillance , in which authorities detain people for extended periods without charge, as a violation of Chinese law.</P></DIV></BODY></HTML>