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Australia joins coalition to condemn hostage diplomacy to pressure China and other countries over use of foreigners as ‘bargaining chips’

Australia has joined an international coalition of 57 countries condemning hostage diplomacy, in a move designed to ramp up diplomatic pressure on China and other nations which have arbitrarily detained foreigners.

The declaration has been led by Canada, which has been caught in a protracted diplomatic battle with China over the jailing of two Canadian citizens, former diplomat Michael Kovrig and consultant Michael Spavor. 

  • Stephen Dziedzic
  • ABC News

China has made it clear the move is in retaliation for the arrest of  …

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