Yang, an Australian citizen and former Chinese diplomat who has criticised Beijing for censorship and overseas interference, has been held on the mainland since January 19. Photo: Reuters

Do Australia, New Zealand academics fear travelling to China after Yang Hengjun’s arrest?

  • Beijing’s detention of the Australian national has sparked ‘great anxiety’ about the future of academic collaboration with China
  • Some sinologists feel it is unsafe to travel to the mainland for work, while others are pursuing entirely different fields of study
Topic |   China-Australia relations

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Yang, an Australian citizen and former Chinese diplomat who has criticised Beijing for censorship and overseas interference, has been held on the mainland since January 19. Photo: Reuters
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John Power

John Power

John Power joined the Post in 2018 after nearly a decade as a journalist in the Asia region. He is a reporter for Asia Desk and This Week in Asia, with a special focus on Korean affairs.