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International relations

High-profile Australian journalist detained in China

Move comes as relations between the two nations deteriorate

A screenshot of an interview with CGTN's Cheng Lei from Australia Global Alumni's YouTube page. 

SYDNEY (Reuters) -- Chinese authorities have detained an Australian citizen who worked as a high-profile television anchor in China, Australia's foreign minister Marise Payne said in a statement on Monday.

Tensions between Beijing and Canberra have been running high since the Australian government called for an international inquiry into the origins of the novel coronavirus. Beijing has since imposed trade tariffs and anti-dumping probes on multiple Australian products.

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