January 24, 2019 / 4:53 AM / 3 months ago

Australia says no evidence writer's detention in China linked to Canadian cases

Yang Hengjun, author and former Chinese diplomat, who is now an Australian citizen, gestures in an unspecified location in Tibet, China, sometime in mid-July, 2014 in this social media image obtained by REUTERS

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said on Thursday there was no evidence to suggest that the detention of a dual-national writer in China was linked to the high-profile arrests of two Canadians.

Payne told journalists in Sydney Australia was seeking clarification over the nature of the detention of Yang Hengjun, a former Chinese diplomat who is now an Australian citizen. She also said Australia was seeking consular access to Yang.

Yang was detained shortly after he flew in to the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou from New York last week.

Reporting by Jonathan Barrett; Editing by Paul Tait

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