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Australian writer Yang Hengjun receives suspended death sentence by Chinese court

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Describing the court decision as “harrowing” and “appalling” Foreign Minister Penny Wong, confirmed China’s ambassador to Australia had been summoned.



Australian writer Yang Hengjun receives suspended death sentence by Chinese court
5/02/2024
(See translation in Arabic section)
Sydney - Middle East Times Int’l: The fate of detained Australian writer Yang Hengjun is a “terrible reminder of the stark differences” between the Chinese and Australian systems of justice and government.
The dual-citizen, writer and democracy activist has been imprisoned in China since he was arrested five years ago, accused of espionage.
On Monday, he received a suspended death sentence, which can be reduced to life in prison if he does not commit any further crimes while in jail.
While Australia and China have significantly repaired diplomatic relations since Labor took office, Coalition foreign affairs spokesman Simon Birmingham said the news was a sobering reminder of the different realities of the two countries.
“Not only is this a painful blow to Dr Yang, but in terms of people-to-people relations, it is a reminder of the risks that apply in doing business or engaging with China,” he said.
“It’s a reminder of why it is important for us to always defend the very important values and systems that we have the privilege of enjoying here in Australia.”
Describing the court decision as “harrowing” and “appalling” Foreign Minister Penny Wong confirmed China’s ambassador to Australia had been summoned.
However, she was not considering recalling Australia’s ambassador to Beijing and said the government would continue trying to stabilise the diplomatic relationship.
“Stabilisation means we co-operate where we can, disagree where we must, and we engage in the national interest,” she said.
“This is a decision within China’s legal system. Clearly this is an occasion in which we disagree.

 














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