Australian journalists Michael Smith (left) and Bill Birtles upon their arrival in Sydney. Photo: Twitter Australian journalists Michael Smith (left) and Bill Birtles upon their arrival in Sydney. Photo: Twitter
Australian journalists Michael Smith (left) and Bill Birtles upon their arrival in Sydney. Photo: Twitter

Departure of Australian journalists from China seen as ‘terrible blow to mutual understanding’

  • Australian media has been left without a presence on the mainland for the first time since 1973 after Bill Birtles and Michael Smith fled for their safety
  • Their exit marks a new low in fraying ties between Canberra and Beijing, and closes one of a dwindling number of channels for engagement

Topic |   China-Australia relations
Australian journalists Michael Smith (left) and Bill Birtles upon their arrival in Sydney. Photo: Twitter Australian journalists Michael Smith (left) and Bill Birtles upon their arrival in Sydney. Photo: Twitter
Australian journalists Michael Smith (left) and Bill Birtles upon their arrival in Sydney. Photo: Twitter
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