Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on Yang Jun Case
2020/03/26

AFP: I wanted to ask about the Australian foreign minister's comment that writer Yang Jun has been formally indicted in China on espionage charges. Can China confirm this? Also, Australia has strong objected to the formal indictment. What is China's comment?

Geng Shuang: Yang Jun, an Australian national, is suspected of engaging in criminal activities endangering the national security of the People's Republic of China.

Relevant Chinese authorities are handling the case in strict accordance with the law. In this process, Yang Jun's legal rights are fully protected. In view of the current epidemic control needs and for the sake of detainee's safety, the relevant departments will not arrange for visit for the time being until the epidemic situation is stabilized and improved. Relevant departments of the Chinese side have fully communicated with the Australian embassy in China.

Finally, we urge the Australian side to respect China's judicial sovereignty and stop interfering in China's law-based handling of cases in any form.

 

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