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China urges Australia to ‘stop interfering’ following formal arrest of Australian journalist Cheng Lei – SBS News

China has confirmed that Australian journalist Cheng Lei “is suspected of illegally providing state secrets abroad”.



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China’s Foreign Ministry says Australian journalist Cheng Lei has been formally arrested for “providing state secrets overseas” and has called on Australia to stop interfering in its handling of the case.
Ms Cheng disappeared from Chinese state television’s airwaves six months ago without explanation and was detained by Beijing authorities on 5 February.
Foreign Minister Marise Payne told reporters on Monday that Chinese officials had advised the Australian government of Ms Cheng’s arrest “on suspicion…

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