Yang Hengjun: Australia 'deeply disappointed' at criminal detention of writer in China

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Foreign minister Marise Payne says the government has expressed concern for Yang’s welfare

Foreign minister Marise Payne says the federal government is “deeply disappointed” that Australian writer Yang Hengjun has been transferred to criminal detention in China, saying he should be released if he is being held “for his political views”.

Payne issued a statement on Friday saying Australia had received formal notification from Chinese authorities of Yang’s transfer to criminal detention. Following Payne’s statement, China’s foreign ministry on Friday said it had taken “compulsory measures” against the Chinese-born writer.

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