CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Broadcasting Corp. has reported a Chinese-born Australian artist detained in Beijing ahead of the politically sensitive 25th anniversary of the deadly military crackdown on protests around Tiananmen Square has been deported to Sydney.
The Chinese government had said Australian citizen Guo Jian, a former protester in China’s 1989 pro-democracy movement, had been detained for fraudulently obtaining a visa.
Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Tuesday did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation that Guo had returned to Australia.
The 52-year-old former soldier was detained by Beijing authorities on June 1 shortly after a profile of him appeared in the Financial Times newspaper detailing his participation in the democracy movement. Chinese authorities permit no public discussion of the crackdown.