It was at the weekend as Yang Hengjun, a writer and former chinese diplomat, was arrested at the airport in Guangzhou, where he traveled with his wife and daughter. To begin with, it seemed like he just disappeared. But China has now confirmed that he has been arrested and is suspected of the criminal activity that ”endangers China's national security”.
the Detention is reminiscent of what several of the foreign nationals in China have been subjected to in recent times and is under a law in China that allows people, without legal process and contact with family or lawyer, to be held in six months. In the same way arrested, for example, the Swedish bokförläggaren Gui Minhai, who still is in custody.
the Second example is the two canadians who were detained in the end of last year in the wake of Canada on behalf of the united states arrested the chinese telecommunications company Huawei's cfo Meng Wanzhou. China has denied that the arrests of the canadians was a revenge. Many interpret it, however, so and, inter alia, Australia recently expressed its concern about what has happened.
in terms of Both canadians and Yang Hengjun, China has initially stated that they did not know anything about where persons are located, to after a few days to confirm that they have been deprived of their liberty.
According to Australia's minister Christopher Pyne, who is at the place in Beijing, Yang Hengjun has not yet been allowed to meet any lawyer, writes the Guardian.
Yang Hengjun has previously worked as a diplomat for China and became australian citizens in 2011. Currently, he lives in New York city, where he is a visiting researcher at the university of Columbia.
Yang Hengjun is a writer and blogger. He has in the past sometimes written critical posts about China's communist management, but is not seen as one of the loudest voices. He is also the author of a number of spionromaner.
Australia was the first country to ban the two chinese telekomblagen Huawei and ZTE to participate in the deployment of 5G networks for mobile phones. Australia's foreign minister Marise Payne does not believe there is any connection between it and the arrest of Yang Hengjun, according to the Guardian.