Australia says citizen is in arbitrary detention in China

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne has labeled the incarceration of a Chinese-Australian writer who has been tried in Beijing for alleged espionage a case of arbitrary detention. Yang Hengjun faced a closed trial Thursday. The court deferred its verdict to a later date. Payne on Friday cited a lack of detail about the charges as a reason for her conclusion that Yang had been arbitrarily detained. Australia first warned its citizens of the risk of arbitrary detention if they visited China in a travel advisory in July last year. The Chinese Embassy in Australia dismissed the warning as “ridiculous” and “disinformation.” 

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