It is being reported that three Australians are among a group of people detained in China.
The Australian Financial Review reports Chinese authorities are holding at least 18 employees of James Packer’s Crown Resorts, who are part of the gaming group’s sales and marketing team in China.
“Crown believes that a number of our employees in China are being questioned by local authorities and at this time we can provide no further details,” a Crown spokesperson told The Financial Review late Friday.
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It is believed most of the staff are based in China and are being held for questioning. The group includes at least one senior Crown executive.
A spokesperson from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade told the Australian Financial Review “the Australian government is aware of reports of the possible detention of a number of Crown International Group employees across China, including three Australians”.
“Consular officials are seeking to confirm these reports with the relevant Chinese authorities.”
Current consular arrangements give China 72 hours to confirm to Australia that they are holding one of its nationals.