Australian Fears for Health While Detained in China

NTD Newsroom
By NTD Newsroom
August 29, 2023China in Focusshare

Yang Hengjun is a writer and pro-democracy blogger jailed in China for four and a half years.

The Australian citizen was arrested at China’s Guangzhou airport in 2019 and slapped with undisclosed national security charges.

He denies working as a spy for Australia or the United States. Alongside strained relations between Australia and China, his case has been delayed ten times.

A verdict is now due in October.

But friends of Yang say time is of the essence. The Australian Embassy in Beijing visited Yang on Thursday. Officials were told he has a four-inch cyst on his kidney that may require surgery.

According to a friend, Yang has said “if something happens with my health and I die in here, people outside won’t know the truth,” adding he was not presented with immediate treatment options in custody.


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