Two Australian journalists are pulled out of China by their employers over fears for their safety 

Two Australian journalists have been brought back to Sydney from China after their employers feared for their safety.

Bill Birtles from the ABC and Michael Smith from the Australian Financial Review landed in Sydney on Tuesday, Nine News reported. 

Mr Smith is based in Shanghai and is the China correspondent for the AFR while Mr Birtles has been in Beijing since 2015 working as the ABC’s China correspondent.  

Their return follows the detention of Australian journalist, Cheng Lei, who Foreign Minister Marise Payne confirmed was being detained by Chinese authorities in late August.

The pair flew back to Australia following intense questioning by China’s Ministry of State security, the ABC reported. 

More to come. 

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