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Three Australians detained in China

AAP logoAAP 15/10/2016 Evan Schwarten

Three Australian employees of James Packer's Crown Resorts have reportedly been detained by Chinese authorities.

Crown says a group of employees are being questioned in China, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says it is trying to confirm Australians are involved.

"The Australian government is aware of reports of the possible detention of a number of Crown International Group employees across China, including three Australians," a department spokesman said in a statement.

"Consular officials are seeking to confirm these reports with the relevant Chinese authorities."

It has been reported 18 of the casino group's employees have been detained, including the three Australians who are believed to be part of Crown's sales and marketing team, one of whom is a senior executive.

DFAT says if the reports are correct, the Australians will be offered consular assistance.

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