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Australia 'very disappointed' after journalists Bill Birtles and Michael Smith forced to flee China

The ABC’s Bill Birtles and the Australian Financial Review’s Michael Smith forced to shelter with Australian diplomats during negotiations for their safe exit

Two Australian foreign correspondents in China have been urgently flown home after a tense diplomatic standoff, which Australia’s foreign minister called a “very disappointing series of events”.

The ABC’s Bill Birtles and the Australian Financial Review’s Michael Smith both left China on Monday night after reportedly being questioned by China’s ministry of state security.

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