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Government responds to Rio Tinto arrest

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The Australian Government has continued its efforts to secure consular access to Mr Stern Hu, an Australian citizen detained by Chinese authorities on suspicion of espionage and stealing state secrets. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade called in the acting Chinese Ambassador yesterday, July 9, to reiterate the importance the Government attaches to both the welfare of Mr Hu and to securing consular access to him. In accordance with Australia's consular agreement with China, Chinese authorities have advised late this afternoon that a consular visit will occur today, July 10. Australian officials remain in close communication with Mr Hu's wife and are providing her with every assistance. The Government is staying in close contact with Mr Hu's employer, Rio Tinto. (This is the press release issued by Stephen Smith, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs)

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