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Department of Foreign Affairs rejects demand from permanent Australian

Yuan Xiaoliang and her spouse Yang Hengjun

ABC News: Georgina Piper

Australia rejected an ask for consular assistance as Chinese authorities circled in for an Australian permanent resident attempting to go out of the nation.


  • Yuan Xiaoliang, the spouse of a Australian journalist being held in Asia, desired assistance from DFAT, in accordance with her lawyer
  • Permanent residents are just provided support that is consular unique circumstances
  • Her attorney contends her being interrogated and detained”comprises a crisis”

Yuan Xiaoliang, the spouse of a Australian journalist whom is detained in Beijing, attemptedto travel away from China simply times ago but had been stopped by edge protection officials.

Her Australian-based lawyer Rob Stary stated they had expected Australia for assorted kinds of assistance amid concerns on her behalf welfare, “to aid Mrs Yuan in departing from Asia — that would be to offer her advice — to escort her if essential to the airport, and next, to offer her refuge into the principal site embassy that is australian” Mr Stary told AM.

Mr Stary stated officials declined to produce consular support.

“they do say she actually is a Chinese nationwide, being an australian resident that is permanent state she doesn’t always have an entitlement to work out that right of consular help.”

The Consular Services Charter in the Smart Traveller internet site departs the entranceway ready to accept officials assisting permanent residents in particular circumstances. More…