Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks
2021/02/08

Reuters: Australia has said that the journalist Cheng Lei was formally arrested on February 5 on suspicion of supplying state secrets overseas. Can you give us any more details on this case? Secondly, Cheng Lei family have askedfor access to her. Is China willing to arrange this access?

Wang Wenbin: As we understand, the Chinese judiciary, after investigation in accordance with law, approved the arrest of suspected criminal Cheng Lei, an Australian citizen, on February 5 on suspicion of illegally providing state secrets to foreign forces in accordance with the Criminal Procedure Law of the People's Republic of China. The case is still is the process of handling. The Chinese judicial authorities handle the case in accordance with law and fully protect her rights.

China is a country governed by law. China's judicial authorities have been dealing with cases independently and the rights of the person involved are fully protected. We hope the Australian side will respect China's judicial sovereignty and stop interfering in China's handling of cases in accordance with law in any form.

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