December 2, 2019 / 7:14 AM / 2 months ago

China says detained Australian Yang in good condition, not tortured

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s foreign ministry said on Monday that a Chinese-born Australian writer detained by Beijing for almost a year is in good condition and has not been tortured, rejecting criticism by the Australian government about his treatment.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the remarks during a daily news briefing in Beijing.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Australian consular officials who recently visited Yang Hengjun had reported “unacceptable” conditions, including isolation and daily interrogations, sometimes while he was shackled.

(The story corrects identification of Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman in paragraph 2.)

Reporting by Cate Cadell; writing by Se Young Lee; Editing by Kim Coghill

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