Bill Birtles from the national broadcaster and Michael Smith forced to shelter with Australian diplomats during negotiations for their safe exit Two Australian foreign correspondents in China have been urgently flown home after a tense diplomatic standoff.The ABC’s Bill Birtles and the Australian Financial Review’s Michael Smith both left China on Monday night after reportedly being questioned by China’s ministry of state security. Continue reading...
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Yang Hengjun: Australian writer held in China for almost two years officially charged with espionage
Move paves way for Yang, who was arrested in January 2019, to face trial in ChinaAn...Move paves way for Yang, who was arrested in January 2019, to face trial in ChinaAn Australian writer who has been detained by Beijing for more than 20 months has been charged with espionage by Chinese authorities.Sources with knowledge of the case told the Guardian the supreme people’s procuratorate had informed Yang Hengjun and his legal team that his case had been transferred to Beijing second intermediate court for prosecution. Continue reading...
Official told Matthew Carney she would be taken to undisclosed location over alleged visa breachAn ABC...Official told Matthew Carney she would be taken to undisclosed location over alleged visa breachAn ABC journalist has broken his silence on how he and his family were intimidated by Chinese authorities in 2018, including a warning that his 14-year-old daughter might be taken away to an undisclosed location.Matthew Carney, the ABC’s former China bureau chief, said he feared “serious trouble” when he and his wife were told to bring their daughter to the ministry of public security in north Beijing for questioning over an alleged breach of visa rules. Continue reading...
U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad said Monday he will resign and leave Beijing by early...U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad said Monday he will resign and leave Beijing by early October. No reason was given for Branstad's departure.