Two Australian journalists from ABC and AFR pulled out of China after embassy warnings

Bill Birtles from the national broadcaster and Michael Smith were forced to shelter with Australian diplomats during negotiations for their safe exit

Two Australian foreign correspondents in China have been urgently flown home following “advice from the Australian government”.

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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