Former Australian Defense Minister and current Chancellor Marise Payne said on Sunday that a Chinese-born Australian writer was being held by Beijing in "unacceptable" conditions.
Second published By the Reuters news agency, the chancellor accused the Chinese of conducting daily interrogations against the Australian citizen, even while he is kept in chains.
Yang Hengjun, a former diplomat turned journalist and blogger, has been under arrest since August on suspicion of spying. The arrest came seven months after he was originally detained in the Chinese city of Guangzhou.
Espionage is punishable by death penalty in China. According to Reuters, Beijing would have told Australia not to interfere.
"His detention circumstances include increased isolation from the outside world, with restrictions on communications with family and friends, and the resumption of daily interrogation, even when chained," Payne said in an email statement, adding that the situation is "unacceptable." "according to the agency. . (tagsToTranslate) China-Australia Diplomatic Relations (t) Australian Espionage Accused (t) Killed in China