Australia worried about a writer imprisoned by China as soon as he came from the US



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Australia worried about a writer imprisoned by China as soon as he came from the US



AUSTRALIA has criticized the “criminal incarceration” of Chinese-Australian writer Yang Hengjun by expressing grave concern about his treatment.

Yanga, 54, has been held in Beijing by Chinese authorities on suspicion of espionage since January.



The writer and the Australian government deny the allegations.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said on Monday she was “very concerned about reports after a recent consular visit” to Yang.

Isolation from the outside world

“The circumstances of his detention include increased isolation from the outside world and handcuffs, with restrictions on communication with family and friends, and continued daily trials,” she said.

“It's unacceptable,” she noted.

The minister said the Australian government had “repeatedly called on Chinese authorities to explain the allegations against Dr Yang.”

Former Chinese diplomat and academic

She also said they repeatedly demanded that he be “allowed basic standards of justice, fair trial and humane treatment, in accordance with international norms.”

“Authorities have not changed his behavior,” she said, adding that he was still barred from contacting a lawyer and family members.

Yang, a former Chinese diplomat and academic who became an Australian citizen in 2002, has been advocating for democratic values ​​and human rights in his articles and blogs on social networks, which have significant readership in China.

He was imprisoned in China when he returned from Columbia University

He disappeared in January when he arrived in Guangzhou from New York, where he was a visiting lecturer at Columbia University.

A few months later, China admitted to shutting it down.

In August, he was officially indicted by Chinese authorities.

Australia worried about a writer imprisoned by China as soon as he came from the US

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