Aussie set to return home after 9 years in China jail

Mr Stern Hu (left, in an undated photo) was arrested at his home in Shanghai in 2009 and jailed for taking bribes and obtaining commercial secrets. (Above) Shanghai's Qingpu Prison, where Mr Hu was jailed. Many believe his arrest was motivated by pol
Mr Stern Hu (above, in an undated photo) was arrested at his home in Shanghai in 2009 and jailed for taking bribes and obtaining commercial secrets.PHOTO: REUTERS
Mr Stern Hu (left, in an undated photo) was arrested at his home in Shanghai in 2009 and jailed for taking bribes and obtaining commercial secrets. (Above) Shanghai's Qingpu Prison, where Mr Hu was jailed. Many believe his arrest was motivated by pol
(Above) Shanghai's Qingpu Prison, where Mr Hu was jailed. Many believe his arrest was motivated by political considerations.PHOTO: REUTERS

Homecoming of former mining exec ends episode in fraught Aussie-China relationship

In the coming days, an Australian-Chinese former mining executive is expected to quietly make his way back to Sydney after spending nine years in jail in China.

Mr Stern Hu's return will mark a symbolic homecoming and end a dramatic episode in Australia's occasionally fraught relationship with China, its largest trading partner.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 14, 2018, with the headline 'Aussie set to return home after 9 years in China jail'. Print Edition | Subscribe