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China keeps diplomats out of espionage trial of Australian Yang Hengjun

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By Cate Cadell and Kirsty Needham BEIJING (Reuters) -Australia’s ambassador to China was denied entry to a heavily guarded Beijing court on Thursday that is hearing an espionage case against Australian blogger Yang Hengjun, at a time of worsening ties between the two nations. Graham Fletcher, Australia’s ambassador to China, attempted to enter the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court in line with a two-way consular pact. “Unfortunately we have just been denied entry to the court. The reason given was because of the pandemic situation but the foreign ministry has also told us it is because…

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