Chinese authorities have detained an Australian pivot who works for the CGTN (China Global Television Network) channel. Australia had warned its citizens in July that the risk of being detained in China increased
Australia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Cheng Lei, an Australian citizen and the center of Chinese international state broadcaster CGTN (China Global Television Network), was detained two weeks ago.
According to the BBC, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the consulate had made a virtual video visit to Cheng Lei. The reasons for the arrest of the journalist were not mentioned by Beijing.
The Australian government warned its citizens in July that they were at high risk of being detained in China. All because tensions between the two countries have increased in recent months, after Australia led international requests for an official investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic in China. On Monday, China announced a second investigation into Australian wine imports.
Last week, Australia’s federal government said it plans to enact legislation that will allow the cancellation of local government agreements with foreign countries – a move widely seen as aimed at China.