Australia says China to deport detained artist
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Australia says China to deport detained artist

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia says a Chinese-born Australian artist detained in Beijing ahead of the 25th anniversary of the military clampdown on the student protest centered around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square will be deported after 15 days in custody.

Guo Jian, a former protester in China’s 1989 pro-democracy movement, was taken away by Chinese authorities on Sunday shortly after a profile of him appeared in the Financial Times newspaper in commemoration of the anniversary of the crackdown.

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said consular officials seeking an explanation for Jian’s detention were allowed to visit him in Beijing.

The department said in a statement Friday that Chinese authorities advised Guo was “detained on a visa-related matter.”

It said “Guo will be detained for 15 days and the required to depart China.”