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Three Crown workers arrested in China

AAP logoAAP 22/11/2016 Belinda Tasker

Three Crown Resorts employees arrested in China on suspicion of committing gambling crimes have been visited by Australian consular officials.

The employees, who have been held in detention since mid-October, were visited in Shanghai by consular staff on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said.

"Our consular staff visited all three yesterday and they are in good health," she told Sky News on Wednesday.

"They are all represented by lawyers and we were able to provide advice and support and messages from their families."

Chinese officials on Tuesday officially notified the federal government the trio had been formally arrested.

No charges have yet been laid.

They were initially detained along with 15 other Crown Resorts employees in mid-October after a series of raids in four cities across China, where casino gambling is illegal.

The three arrested Australians, including the head of Crown's VIP International team Jason O'Connor, face being held in custody for at least six months while police finalise their investigation.

Ms Bishop reminded Australians working and travelling in China they are subject to its laws.

"There is an overall anti-corruption agenda of President Xi Jinping and gambling is one of the areas of interest to them," she said.

China bans agents acting for gaming companies organising groups of more than 10 Chinese citizens to take trips to casinos overseas.

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