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The Australian writer and advocate Yang Hengjun (photo) has been formally accused of espionage by the Chinese authorities

The Australian writer and advocate Yang Hengjun has been formally accused of espionage by the Chinese authorities.

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The Australian writer and advocate Yang Hengjun (photo) has been formally accused of espionage by the Chinese authorities

The Australian writer and advocate Yang Hengjun (photo) has been formally accused of espionage by the Chinese authorities

Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the Australian government was very concerned and disappointed. was about the charges against him.

& # 39; Our thoughts are with Dr. Yang and his family in this very difficult time & # 39 ;, said Senator Payne Tuesday.

& # 39; Dr. Yang has been detained in Beijing free of charge for more than seven months in difficult circumstances.

& # 39; Since that time, China has had the reasons for Dr. Det's detention. Yang did not explain nor did he give him access to his lawyers or family visits. & # 39;

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Dr. Yang & # 39; s lawyer Rob Stary said it was still unclear what the charges were about.

& # 39; We think it relates to espionage on behalf of Australia, but this is not on the description form & # 39 ;, Stary told AAP.

& # 39; That would of course bother us if it was the claim, because there is absolutely no basis for it. & # 39;

Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the Australian government was very concerned and disappointed. was about the charges against him. & # 39; Our thoughts are with Dr. Yang (pictured with his wife Yuan Xiaoliang) and his family in this very difficult time, & # 39; said Senator Payne Tuesday

Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the Australian government was very concerned and disappointed. was about the charges against him. & # 39; Our thoughts are with Dr. Yang (pictured with his wife Yuan Xiaoliang) and his family in this very difficult time, & # 39; said Senator Payne Tuesday

Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the Australian government was very concerned and disappointed. was about the charges against him. & # 39; Our thoughts are with Dr. Yang (pictured with his wife Yuan Xiaoliang) and his family in this very difficult time, & # 39; said Senator Payne Tuesday

The Chinese-born writer was detained in Guangzhou earlier this year after he flew in from New York.

Mr. Stary suspects that the espionage charge relates to Mr. Yang's democracy activism.

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& # 39; He is a blogger and that is what he does, he is an academic, he is of a different kind, & # 39; he said to AAP.

& # 39; He had been active and he was politically active in promoting democratic values. That is the basis of it, as we understand. & # 39;

Mr. Stary said the Australian government needed to intervene.

& # 39; It must be settled diplomatically and if there is no real or correct basis for those allegations, then it must be released and repatriated & he said.

Dr. Yang & # 39; s lawyer Rob Stary said it was still unclear what the charges were about. & # 39; We think it's related to espionage on behalf of Australia, but it's not on the description form & # 39 ;, he said. The Chinese-born writer (photo) was detained in Guangzhou earlier this year after he flew in from New York

Dr. Yang & # 39; s lawyer Rob Stary said it was still unclear what the charges were about. & # 39; We think it's related to espionage on behalf of Australia, but it's not on the description form & # 39 ;, he said. The Chinese-born writer (photo) was detained in Guangzhou earlier this year after he flew in from New York

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Dr. Yang & # 39; s lawyer Rob Stary said it was still unclear what the charges were about. & # 39; We think it's related to espionage on behalf of Australia, but it's not on the description form & # 39 ;, he said. The Chinese-born writer (photo) was detained in Guangzhou earlier this year after he flew in from New York

Senator Payne has discussed his situation twice with the Chinese Foreign Minister and has written to him three times.

& # 39; We are deeply concerned about the well-being of Dr. Yang and about the circumstances in which he is being held & # 39 ;, she said.

& # 39; It is important and we expect that the basic standards for justice and procedural justice are met.

& # 39; I respectfully repeat my previous requests that if Dr. Yang is being held for his political conviction, he must be released. & # 39;

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Embassy officials have visited Dr. Yang seven times since his detention, most recently on July 25.

Mr. Stary said the Australian government needed to intervene. Embassy officials have visited Dr. Yang (photo) seven times since his detention, most recently on July 25

Mr. Stary said the Australian government needed to intervene. Embassy officials have visited Dr. Yang (photo) seven times since his detention, most recently on July 25

Mr. Stary said the Australian government needed to intervene. Embassy officials have visited Dr. Yang (photo) seven times since his detention, most recently on July 25

They have approved a visit for Tuesday.

& # 39; I will continue to argue strongly on behalf of Dr. Yang to provide a satisfactory explanation for the basis of his arrest, that he is being treated humane and that he may return home & # 39 ;, said Senator Payne.

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Labor is & # 39; very concerned & # 39; development and has requested a briefing from departmental officials.

Last month, China lashed out at the Australian minister's public statements on the Dr. case. Yang.

& # 39; China regrets the statement by the Australian Foreign Minister and urges the Australian side to stop interfering with the Chinese side's handling of the case and to stop giving irresponsible comments & # 39 said a spokesperson.

& # 39; The Chinese authority will handle the matter strictly in accordance with the law and fully protect its legal rights. & # 39;

The 53-year-old, who has had Australian citizenship since 2002 and obtained his PhD at the University of Technology Sydney, lived in New York as a guest researcher at Columbia University.

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