The trial of Australian writer Yang Hengjun opened in Beijing on Thursday. Photo: Weibo
The trial of Australian writer Yang Hengjun opened in Beijing on Thursday. Photo: Weibo

China’s trial of Yang Hengjun begins with Australia’s ambassador denied access

  • Political writer and novelist, who has been in detention for more than two years, is charged with spying and could face life in prison
  • Trial behind closed doors of 56-year-old naturalised Australian is expected to put further strain on relations between the two countries

The trial of Australian writer Yang Hengjun opened in Beijing on Thursday. Photo: Weibo
The trial of Australian writer Yang Hengjun opened in Beijing on Thursday. Photo: Weibo
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