Chinese-born Australian citizen writer Yang Jun has been given a suspended death sentence in China. The death sentence came with a two-year reprieve that could see him given life imprisonment instead.

Australia's Foreign Minister Penny Wong describes it as "harrowing news"

  • "The Australian government is appalled at this outcome"
  • Wong has summonsed China's ambassador


Yang was detained in January 2019 on espionage charges. Was tried behind closed doors two years later. A verdict was given today.


Well, this is ForexLive, so I'll leave comments about dictatorships and secret courts for someone else. For the AUD, this is a potential weight if Australia - China relations deteriorate on this.

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