Yang Hengjun Biography
Yang Hengjun is a Chinese-Australian novelist. After graduating from Fudan University in 1987, he worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing. From 1992 to 1997, he worked in Hong Kong as the manager of a mainland Chinese company. He then went to the U.S. as a senior fellow of the Atlantic Council. Yang then became an Australian citizen, while still holding a PRC passport. He is currently under arrest by the Chinese Government, under charges of spying for Australia.
Yang Hengjun Age
Hengjun was born on April 18, 19665, in China. He is 54 years old as of 2019.
Yang Hengjun Wife
Hengjun is married to his wife Yuan Xiaoliang and both are blessed with two sons.
Yang Hengjun Books| world of home and country
“Family, country and the world” is a collection of prose. The first section talks about the Chinese family and its emphasis on filial piety. The second section is an overview of Taiwan’s election process, giving the reader a glimpse of how democracy works in Taiwan. The third section addresses how elections work in the United States, where democracy is most advanced.
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Chinese authorities formally arrest Australian writer Yang Hengjun on suspicion of spying
Dr. Yang, 54, had been under investigation for harming China’s national security, but Australian diplomats have now been notified that he is under suspicion of committing crimes of espionage.
ABC correspondent Bill Birtles said Dr. Yang’s arrest was another step towards being charged in China’s opaque and secretive legal system.
He has been detained without access to family or lawyers since January. However, he has been visited by consular staff seven times in that period. Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne said government efforts to gain additional information had been difficult.
“The Government is very concerned and disappointed to learn that Australian citizen and academic Dr. Yang Hengjun was formally arrested in China on suspicion of espionage on 23 August and will continue to be criminally detained,” she said.
“Our thoughts are with Dr. Yang and his family at this very difficult time.
“Dr. Yang has been held in Beijing in harsh conditions without charge for more than seven months. Since that time, China has not explained the reasons for Dr. Yang’s detention, nor has it allowed him access to his lawyers or family visits.”
She said consular staff had been approved for another visit to Dr. Yang today. “We have serious concerns for Dr. Yang’s welfare, and about the conditions under which he is being been held. We have expressed these in clear terms to the Chinese authorities,” she said.
“I respectfully reiterate my previous requests that if Dr. Yang is being held for his political beliefs, he should be released.”
One of Mr. Yang’s lawyers in Beijing, Shang Baojun, told the ABC charges may still be some time off. “It’s very hard to say, maybe a few months, maybe one or two years or could be even longer,” he said. The ABC has contacted the Chinese embassy in Canberra but is yet to receive a response.
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China formally accuses Australian writer Yang Hengjun of espionage
China has formally arrested Australian writer and academic Yang Hengjun on allegations of espionage, Australian officials said Tuesday, the latest case in which Beijing appears to be taking hostages as leverage in disputes with Western governments.
Yang had written blog posts pushing for greater democratic and human rights for Chinese citizens, but he had also taken citizenship in a country that has largely sided with the United States in a global clash over Chinese-made technology.
The case comes amid growing tensions between China and Western democracies, including Australia, as the Communist Party takes increasingly assertive action to counter what it perceives as U.S.-led efforts to contain China’s rise.
“The government is very concerned and disappointed to learn that Australian citizen and academic Dr Yang Hengjun was formally arrested in China on suspicion of espionage on 23 August and will continue to be criminally detained,” Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Tuesday.
Spavor and Kovrig were detained just 10 days after Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei and daughter of its founder, at the behest of the United States. The Justice Department wants to extradite Meng on charges of conspiracy to commit fraud in violation of U.S. sanctions against Iran.
The Australian government generally shares the American concerns about Huawei and has issued warnings about the security risks of Huawei participating in the country’s telecom infrastructure.
Australia’s relations with China, its top trading partner, have also grown chillier after Canberra’s passage last year of laws designed to prevent foreign interference in the country’s political system. More recently, officials have voiced concerns about the actions of Australia-based supporters of Beijing who have sought to stifle rallies in support of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists.
Yang had been living in New York, where he was a visiting scholar at Columbia University when he traveled on a China Southern Airlines flight to Guangzhou.
One of Yang’s close friends, Feng Chongyi, an associate professor at the University of Technology in Sydney, labeled the arrest “outrageous political persecution.”
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Foreign Minister Marise Payne says Yang Hengjun is not Australian spy
The Morrison government has declared that Australian citizen and writer Dr. Yang Hengjun has not been spying for Australia.
Yang, 54, who has been incarcerated by the Chinese for more than seven months, was formally arrested last Friday on suspicion of espionage.
Foreign Minister Marise Payne, asked by The Conversation whether Yang had been spying for Australia, said: “there is no basis for any allegation Dr. Yang was spying for the Australian government”.
The Chinese have not specified who Yang is alleged to have been spying on behalf of.
A one-time official in the Chinese foreign ministry, Yang, who moved to Australia in 1999, has been an outspoken democracy advocate.
His charging will inject further tension into the already strained relationship between Australia and China.
In a strong statement, Payne said the government was “very concerned and disappointed”.
“Dr. Yang has been held in Beijing in harsh conditions without charge for more than seven months. Since that time, China has not explained the reasons for Dr. Yang’s detention, nor has it allowed him access to his lawyers or family visits,” Payne said.
“I have discussed this twice with China’s Foreign Minister, State Councilor Wang Yi, and have written to him three times, stating my concerns, and those of the Australian government and people. We have serious concerns for Dr. Yang’s welfare, and about the conditions under which he is being been held. We have expressed these in clear terms to the Chinese authorities.”