Chinese-Australian blogger Yang Hengjun (杨恒均) has resurfaced after disappearing in mysterious circumstances for over two days in Guangzhou. In a brief interview with the AP, Yang said he was “recovering” from his “illness“ (likely a euphemism for detention) and said cryptically, “I’m OK right now. Everything is OK. I’m just recovering… This trouble is caused by me.” Yang is understood to be leaving for Hong Kong tomorrow and then returning to Australia from there.
Below are two tweets sent from his Twitter account yesterday. In one of them, he slammed Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Jiang Yu for claiming at a press conference to not know of a Yang Hengjun. Yang was previously an employee of MoFA, and it will be interesting to hear the story behind the story once he’s back in Australia.
“I am Yang Hengjun. Due to personal reasons, I lost contact with friends and family members for over 50 hours on the evening of the 27th, and I am very sorry for the massive disturbance it caused. In these sensitive times, this matter has caught the attention of countless netizens and friends, and I couldn’t help but cry when I saw that. Thank you all! I am your Hengjun forever! Protest: MoFA spokesperson Jiang Yu: Do you really not know who Yang Hengjun is? That’s not ignorance, it’s shamelessness.”
“This recent illness of mine has brought so much trouble to everybody and even Australia and the United States had to step in. I feel so apologetic to have troubled so many friends and family members, but this incident has also opened my eyes to see the many friends I have. This behooves me to not just concentrate on my writing — in the future, if any friends fall sick, I will need to help treat his sickness, even if it means getting someone to go to Zhongnanhai.”
Previously on Shanghaiist
Chinese-Aussie writer Yang Hengjun disappears in Guangzhou after reporting he was tailed by 3 men
Quote of the Day: Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu on the whereabouts of Yang Hengjun
We love Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu (our post in 2006 when Jiang Yu started her career as MoFA spokesperson)