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Australia says dual national is in 'residential detention' in China

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne said on Thursday a dual-national writer missing since last week is being held by China and is in residential detention in Beijing.

Australia confirmed on Thursday Chinese-Australian Yang Hengjun was detained shortly after he flew in to the southern city of Guangzhou from New York last week. [nL3N1ZO1AM

“We would describe it as home detention but, as Mr Yang doesn’t have a home in Beijing, I assume he’s being held in a similar kind of situation, as opposed to being held in prison,” Pyne told reporters in Beijing.

“My understanding is it’s in Beijing,” he said.

Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Paul Tait