Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks
2019/08/28

Q: The Australian government said today that the Australian writer Yang Jun has been formally arrested in China on espionage charges. It also said that he is being held in "harsh conditions". Do you see the Australian government's view as an attempt to interfere in China's internal affairs?

A: As authorized by the procuratorial organ, the National Security Bureau of Beijing arrested Australian national Yang Jun on espionage charges on August 23. The case is still being handled. The national security organ handles the case in accordance with law and fully guarantees Yang's rights. He is in good physical condition.

China deplores the Australian statement on this case. I would like to reiterate that China is a country with rule of law. Australia should respect China's judicial sovereignty and not interfere in any way in China's lawful handling of the case.

Q: The Australian foreign minister today said to the media that there is no bases for any allegation that Yang Jun was spying for the Australian government. Can you explain why he has been arrested in this case?

A: As I just said, as authorized by the procuratorial organ, the National Security Bureau of Beijing arrested Australian national Yang Jun on espionage charges on August 23. China is a country with rule of law. The national security organ handles the case in accordance with law. Australia should respect China's judicial sovereignty and not interfere in any way in China's lawful handling of the case.

(Source: Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on August 27, 2019)

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