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China says it has been in touch with Australia about detained writer

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has been in touch with Australia about consular access to a detained writer and will protect the rights of all those involved, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Friday.

Australian writer Yang Hengjun, detained by Chinese authorities for 18 months, has told family he has refused to make a false confession as his case appears to move closer to trial.

Reporting by Yew Lun Tian; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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