An Australian citizen detained in China on espionage charges has told his family not to worry even though he expected to be tortured by the communist regime.
Dr Yang Hengjun, a writer, faces a closed court trial in Beijing on Thursday after being held in detention for more than two years “without fresh air or sunshine”.
“I still have some faint hope that they will right the wrongs and do me justice,” he says in an undated letter posted on social media by supporters ahead of the trial.
“I will face suffering and torture with resilience. I am growing. I will face each day with dignity.”
Dr Yang was detained by Chinese authorities in January 2019 at Guangzhou Airport after arriving from New York.