Department of Foreign Affairs rejects demand from permanent Australian

Yuan Xiaoliang and her spouse Yang Hengjun

ABC Information: Georgina Piper

Australia rejected a request consular assistance as Chinese authorities circled in for an Australian resident that is permanent to go out of the nation.


  • Yuan Xiaoliang, the spouse of a writer that is australian held in Asia, desired assistance from DFAT, based on her lawyer
  • Permanent residents are merely supplied consular support in special circumstances
  • Her attorney argues her being detained and interrogated “comprises a crisis”

Yuan Xiaoliang, the spouse of a Australian author whom is detained in Beijing, attemptedto travel away from China simply times ago but was stopped by edge protection officials.

Her Australian-based attorney Rob Stary stated that they had asked Australia for assorted kinds of assistance amid issues on her welfare, “to help Mrs Yuan in departing from Asia — that would be to offer her advice — to escort her if essential to the airport, and next, to provide her refuge into the Australian embassy,” Mr Stary told AM.

Mr Stary said officials declined to deliver consular support.

“they state she’s a Chinese nationwide, being A australian permanent resident they state she does not have an entitlement to work out that right of consular help.”

The Consular Services Charter in the Smart Traveller internet site makes the doorway ready to accept officials assisting permanent residents in specific circumstances.