Australian Foreign Minister says China holds citizens in unacceptable conditions

SYDNEY: Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne He said Monday that a Chinese-born Australian writer was held by Beijing on unacceptable conditions, including daily interrogations while chained.

Yang Hengjun, a former Chinese diplomat who became a journalist and online blogger, was arrested in August on suspicion of espionage, seven months after his original detention in the southern city of.

Espionage is punishable by death in China, and Beijing has told it not to interfere.

His circumstances of detention include greater isolation from the outside world, with restrictions on him with family and friends, and the resumption of daily interrogations, even while chained, Payne said in a statement sent by email.

This is unacceptable.

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