January 24, 2019 / 4:51 AM / 6 months ago

Australia says no evidence writer's detention in China linked to Canadian cases

Australia's Foreign Minister Marise Payne speaks during a news conference at Australian Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, January 10, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said on Thursday there was no evidence to suggest that the detention of a dual-national writer in China was linked to the high-profile arrests of two Canadians.

Payne told journalists in Sydney Australia was seeking clarification over the nature of the detention of Yang Hengjun, a former Chinese diplomat who is now an Australian citizen. She also said Australia was seeking consular access to Yang.

Yang was detained shortly after he flew in to the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou from New York last week.

Reporting by Jonathan Barrett; Editing by Paul Tait

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