Global anxiety reflected in Australian outcry over Canadians detained in China

Vancouver (Toronto Star)  – Australia’s statement of concern issued Sunday over the detention of two Canadians in China points to growing global anxiety over Beijing’s seeming willingness to detain foreign nationals as a political tactic, experts say.

Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne’s first official comments on the issue followed an open letter signed by dozens of Australian scholars and analysts requesting Canberra’s support in Canadian-led calls for the release of the detainees.

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Perrin Grauer is a Vancouver-based reporter covering community issues and Canada’s drug policies. Follow him on Twitter: @perringrauer

Joanna Chiu is assistant managing editor of StarMetro Vancouver. Follow her on Twitter: @joannachiu

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