Yang Hengjun, author and former Chinese diplomat. Photo: Reuters

China’s detention of writer Yang Hengjun on espionage charges is ‘unacceptable’, Australia warns

  • Yang, a Chinese native who’s now an Australian citizen, was detained in the southern city of Guangzhou in January after a flight from New York
  • Earlier on Monday, Australia announced it would spend A$87.8 million (US$59 million) on a new task force to tackle the threat of foreign interference
Topic |   China-Australia relations

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Yang Hengjun, author and former Chinese diplomat. Photo: Reuters
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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Photo: EPA

Australia’s US$60 million anti-espionage task force ‘shows it won’t bend the knee’ to China

  • Initiative is designed to coordinate and empower agencies in response to foreign interference, following explosive claims of Chinese meddling
  • Beijing has branded the allegations ‘lies’ and warned that Australian politicians and media have been ‘cooking up so-called China spy cases’
Topic |   Australia

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Photo: EPA
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