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As crucial as the Australia-China relationship might be for Australia’s economic well being, the indications suggest the ups and downs may get rougher. Sam Mooy/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Australia isn’t avoiding prodding the Chinese bear

Australia is being very explicit in response to concerns about China at the moment, increasingly prepared to put aside the imperatives of diplomacy when necessary.
Foreign Minister Marise Payne has made clear that Yang Hengjun was not spying on behalf of Australia, but it may matter little in China, where the conviction rate is more than 99%. Bianca de Marchi/AAP

Yang Hengjun’s legal prospects in China appear grim, despite Australia’s forceful defences

The detained writer is entitled to Australian consular access while in prison in China, but like other detained Chinese-Australians, Canberra has few other legal options to help him.
The Chinese government has reacted sharply to Australia’s pressure on Yang with a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry saying: “Australia should respect China’s judicial sovereignty”. Lukas Coch/AAP

Yang Hengjun appeals to Scott Morrison in message issued by supporters

As the Australian government continues to pressure China over Yang Hengjun's formal arrest, Yang has appealed to Scott Morrison to please “help me go home as soon as possible”.
Dr Yang has been held in Beijing under harsh conditions, without access to lawyers or family for more than seven months before being formally arrested. Shutterstock

Foreign Minister Marise Payne says Yang Hengjun is not Australian spy

Outspoken Australian-Chinese democracy advocate Dr Yang Hengjun has been formally arrested in China on suspicion of spying, further straining relations between the two countries.

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