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China says Australia searched homes of four Chinese journalists

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China now insists its own journalists have been targeted by the Australian government. ― AFP pic
China now insists its own journalists have been targeted by the Australian government. ― AFP pic

BEIJING, Sept 9 — China’s foreign ministry said today Australian authorities had searched and seized items from the homes of four Chinese journalists, including reporters from state news agency Xinhua and the China News Service.

Australia did not give a reason for the searches or return the seized items, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a daily news briefing in Beijing.

Reports of the searches emerged after two Australian journalists returned home with the help of consular officials after the pair were visited at their homes in Beijing and Shanghai and later questioned by China’s state security ministry. — Reuters

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