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International relations

China formally charges Australian writer with espionage

Yang Hengjun, who was detained in January, faces years in prison or death penalty

Yang Hengjun photographed on a trip to Tibet in 2014.   © Reuters

SYDNEY (Financial Times) -- An Australian writer has been formally arrested on charges of espionage by Chinese authorities in a move that threatens to sour Canberra's already strained diplomatic relations with Beijing.

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