Two Australian journalists have apparently been extracted out of China by their news organisations, over fears they were no longer safe.

Chris Uhlmann, the political editor of Nine News, has tweeted that Bill Birtles from the ABC and Michael Smith from the Australian Financial Review have this morning landed in Sydney.

It comes after high-profile Australian journalist Cheng Lei was detained by Chinese authorities.

It is not known why Ms Cheng, who works for state broadcaster CHTN in Beijing, is being detained or what she is accused of.

Last Monday, Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the Australian citizen, who has two children in Melbourne, had been detained “for weeks”.

“Formal notification was received on 14 August 2020 from Chinese authorities of her detention,” she said.

It comes amid deteriorating relations between Australian and China.

More to come.

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