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China: MoFA confirms Australian writer Yang Jun under arrest for spying

China, Beijing
August 27, 2019 at 14:44 GMT +00:00 · Published

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang confirmed that Australian academic Yang Jun was arrested on suspicion of espionage and demanded that Australia respect China's legal sovereignty over the case, at a regular briefing in Beijing on Tuesday.

"At present, the case is under investigation. Relevant Chinese security institutions are handling the case in accordance with the law and fully guarantee the rights of Yang Jun," Geng Shuang said. "The Chinese side has expressed strong dissatisfaction with the Australian side's statement on the case."

It comes in response to Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne's statement that said Yang had been held "in Beijing in harsh conditions without charge for more than seven months."

Regarding the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, Geng Shuang once again reiterated that it is a domestic Chinese affair.

"We can handle our own problems. G7 members shouldn't meddle in it with concealed intentions," he said. "According to international law and the basic norms governing international relations, no country or institution can intervene in Hong Kong affairs under the pretence of the China-British Joint Declaration."

Referring to the trade dispute with Washington, the spokesperson called on the US authorities to return to the negotiating table, saying: "We hope the US can remain calm, stay rational, stop the misbehaviour immediately as well as create a good atmosphere to solve trade disputes via talks based on mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit."

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang confirmed that Australian academic Yang Jun was arrested on suspicion of espionage and demanded that Australia respect China's legal sovereignty over the case, at a regular briefing in Beijing on Tuesday.

"At present, the case is under investigation. Relevant Chinese security institutions are handling the case in accordance with the law and fully guarantee the rights of Yang Jun," Geng Shuang said. "The Chinese side has expressed strong dissatisfaction with the Australian side's statement on the case."

It comes in response to Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne's statement that said Yang had been held "in Beijing in harsh conditions without charge for more than seven months."

Regarding the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, Geng Shuang once again reiterated that it is a domestic Chinese affair.

"We can handle our own problems. G7 members shouldn't meddle in it with concealed intentions," he said. "According to international law and the basic norms governing international relations, no country or institution can intervene in Hong Kong affairs under the pretence of the China-British Joint Declaration."

Referring to the trade dispute with Washington, the spokesperson called on the US authorities to return to the negotiating table, saying: "We hope the US can remain calm, stay rational, stop the misbehaviour immediately as well as create a good atmosphere to solve trade disputes via talks based on mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit."

W/S Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang arriving at press conference in Beijing

M/S Geng at podium

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SOT, Geng Shuang, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson (Mandarin): "As we emphasised several times, the Hong Kong issue is China's internal affair and no foreign government, agency or individual has a right to interfere. The protests and violent activity has been going on for over two months. The legal, institutional, social order, the economy, people's livelihoods and the international image of Hong Kong have taken a severe hit. No one cares about the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong more than Chinese citizens, including Hong Kongers. We can handle our own problems. G7 members shouldn't meddle in it with concealed intentions. About China-British Joint Declaration, I need to re-emphasise that the ultimate goal and core content of the Joint Declaration confirms China are taking back Hong Kong and resuming sovereignty. With the return of Hong Kong to China, the Chinese government governs Hong Kong with the constitutional and domestic law of Hong Kong. According to international law and the basic norms governing international relations, no country or institution can intervene in Hong Kong affairs under the pretence of the China-British Joint Declaration."

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C/U Journalist using his phone

SOT, Geng Shuang, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson (Mandarin): "As approved by the Prosecutor General's Office, the Beijing Municipal Bureau of State Security arrested Australian national, Yang Jun, on 23th August, who is suspected of espionage. At present, the case is under investigation. Relevant Chinese security institutions are handling the case in accordance with the law and fully guarantee the rights of Yang Jun, who is currently in good health. The Chinese side has expressed strong dissatisfaction with the Australian side's statement on the case. China is a legal nation, Australia should duly respect the legal sovereignty of China and must not interfere by any means, as China is handling the case according with the law."

C/U Journalist

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SOT, Geng Shuang, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson (Mandarin): "China always proposed that China and the US should resolve trade disputes via talks and negotiation. We already had 12 rounds of high-level talks. The teams keep in touch. Disappointingly, the US further raised tariffs on Chinese products. These limited pressure measures are harmful to both sides and are not constructive. We hope the US can remain calm, stay rational, stop the misbehaviour immediately as well as create a good atmosphere to solve trade disputes via talks based on mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit."

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M/S Geng leaving as press conference concludes

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