Australia has formally requested that China allow a mother and her Australian-born son to leave the country.
Nadila Wumaier and her son Lutfy, who is an Australian citizen, are in Xinjiang in far western China, where more than one million Muslims are being held in mass internment camps.
Sadam Abudusadamu, who lives in Sydney, has been piling pressure on the Morrison government to help his wife and child come home.
“I am aware of reports that Mr. Abudusadamu’s wife was questioned today by Chinese authorities,” Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne said in a statement on July 17.
“It is important to note that as Ms. Wumaier is not an Australian citizen, we do not have an entitlement to consular access.”
“The embassy in Beijing have formally requested that the Chinese authorities allow Ms. Wumaier and her son (who is an Australian citizen) to travel to Australia.”