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Australian Government: Australian Citizen

australian government: The Australian government is deeply disappointed that Australian citizen and academic Dr, according to CTV. Yang Hengjun ... has been transferred to criminal detention in China, Payne said in a statement. Foreign Minister Marise Payne said that China notified Australia that spy novelist and former Chinese diplomat Yang Hengjun was taken into criminal detention, six months after he was taken into custody at a Chinese airport. The Australian government is concerned by this development in relation to an Australian citizen. The 53-year-old visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York was detained on Jan. 19 when he arrived in southern China's Guangzhou from New York with his wife Yuan Xiaoliang, and his 14-year-old stepdaughter. We will continue to press Chinese authorities for fair and humane treatment, in accordance with international norms, she said. ( As reported in the news.