Beijing agents 'grilled' Oz probe pair

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 9 Apr 2019

Beijing agents pressured two Chinese-Australian authors to provide information about a secret Canberra inquiry into Chinese meddling in domestic politics, reports say.

Yang Jun, a novelist and democracy advocate, and Feng Chongyi, a Sydney-based university professor and former newspaper publisher, were reportedly interrogated over the classified probe.

The pair are both friends of John Garnaut, a former journalist who was heading the inquiry.

A joint investigation published by the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and national broadcaster ABC found China had waged an intelligence operation to gain details of the probe ordered in 2016 by then-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Yang has been detained in China since travelling there in January, accused of endangering state security.

The report coincided with a plea from his wife for Australia to do more to secure his release.

Feng said he was questioned about Garnaut when he was detained for several days during a trip to China in 2017.

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