he wife of an Australian writer who has been detained in Beijing since January has also been interrogated by Chinese officials and prevented from leaving the country.
- Ms Yuan unsuccessfully attempted to fly out of China last week
- The ABC was scheduled to speak to Ms Yuan on Sunday before she was taken away by government officers
- Her husband has been held without access to a lawyer since January
Yuan Xiaoliang was on Sunday morning taken away by a group of Ministry of State Security officers who questioned her for two hours, just two days after she tried unsuccessfully to fly out of China.
Ms Yuan, an Australian permanent resident, is married to former Chinese Government official-turned author Yang Hengjun, who has been held in a secret Beijing location without access to a lawyer for almost six months.
On Sunday, the ABC was scheduled to speak to Mr Yang’s wife, who had been hiding in a village for fear of government retaliation, but just before the planned conversation Ms Yuan was taken away.
“The police make it very clear that she will be punished if she speaks to international media,” Feng Chongyi, a close friend of Mr Yang and his wife, said.