The arrest of Cheng Lei last Friday starts an official criminal investigation and came six months after she was detained.”The Australian government has raised its serious concerns about Ms. Cheng’s detention regularly at senior levels, including about her welfare and conditions of detention,” Foreign Minister Marise Payne said.”We expect basic standards of justice, procedural fairness and humane treatment to be met, in accordance with international norms,” she added.China’s Foreign Ministry confirmed Cheng’s arrest and said her legal rights were being “fully guaranteed.””We hope that Australia will earnestly respect China’s judicial sovereignty and refrain from interfering in China’s law based handling of cases in any way,” ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at a daily briefing.The charges, which could result a penalty of life in prison or even death, are highly unusual for an employee of a media outlet tightly controlled by China’s ruling Communist Party. Broadcasting license because of a lack of editorial control and is investigating complaints that it ran forced confessions by suspects involved in political cases.Worsening bilateral relations since Australia called for an independent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic are suspected to be the cause of Cheng’s arrest.Cheng’s two children, aged 9 and 11, are living with their grandmother in Melbourne, Australia, the journalist’s niece, Louisa Wen, said.”I feel like the children don’t fully understand the situation, so it’s probably quite tough on the kids wondering what’s going on,” Wen said.
One thing both of them told me, they said, you gotta communicate with your spouse. If you don’t communicate with him, it’s not gonna work. Even if there’s something you don’t want to tell him, it will eventually come out.”. In Asia, where the virus was first reported, governments have been imposing various restrictions on arrivals, requirements for health certificates and other precautions for more than a month. Since mid February, shares of American Airlines have dropped by nearly half, United Airlines by more than one third, and Delta Air Lines more than one fourth. Airlines feeling the pain.
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