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China says detained Australian in good condition, not tortured

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China's foreign ministry said today that a Chinese-born Australian writer detained by Beijing for almost a year is in good condition and has not been tortured, rejecting criticism by the Australian government about his treatment.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the remarks during a daily news briefing in Beijing.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Australian consular officials who recently visited Yang Hengjun (photo) had reported "unacceptable" conditions, including isolation and daily interrogations, sometimes while he was shackled.

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