Australian government must act urgently on detention of journalist Cheng Lei in China

When it seemed relations between Australia and China could not get much worse, the detention of an Australian citizen working for Chinese state television risks a further deterioration.

It is not yet clear why China Global Television Network (CGTN) anchor Cheng Lei was taken into custody, but her case could hardly come at a more awkward moment for Canberra as it seeks to manage a jarring relationship with Beijing.

  • Tony Walker
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Foreign Minister Marise Payne confirmed in a brief…

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