Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist Bill Birtles waves as he arrives in Sydney after leaving China over arrest fears, amid worsening diplomatic relations between the two countries. Photo: AFP Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist Bill Birtles waves as he arrives in Sydney after leaving China over arrest fears, amid worsening diplomatic relations between the two countries. Photo: AFP
Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist Bill Birtles waves as he arrives in Sydney after leaving China over arrest fears, amid worsening diplomatic relations between the two countries. Photo: AFP
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Australia’s last two accredited journalists in mainland China flee as diplomatic relations worsen

  • The ABC’s Beijing correspondent Bill Birtles and The Australian Financial Review’s Shanghai correspondent Michael Smith left China on Monday night
  • This came after Chinese police demanded interviews with them, and weeks after Chinese-born Australian journalist Cheng Lei was detained in Beijing

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Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist Bill Birtles waves as he arrives in Sydney after leaving China over arrest fears, amid worsening diplomatic relations between the two countries. Photo: AFP Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist Bill Birtles waves as he arrives in Sydney after leaving China over arrest fears, amid worsening diplomatic relations between the two countries. Photo: AFP
Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist Bill Birtles waves as he arrives in Sydney after leaving China over arrest fears, amid worsening diplomatic relations between the two countries. Photo: AFP
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