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Australia condemns China’s ‘indictment’ of academic

Sydney Australia on Wednesday hit out at China’s apparent decision to indict a prominent author on spying charges, insisting he is at risk from COVID-19 and must be freed.
“The government strongly objects to the formal indictment of Australian citizen and academic Dr Yang Hengjun in China on suspicion of espionage,” said Australia’s minister of foreign affairs Marise Payne.
The Chinese-American author Yang Jun -- who also goes by his pen name Yang Hengjun -- was detained in January last year shortly after making a rare return to China from the United States.
Australia said it had not been formally notified of the indictment, but slammed China for a lack of solidarity during the global pandemic crisis -- which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan. (AFP)