'Missing' Chinese-Australian writer says he will head home

BEIJING - A Chinese-Australian writer

whose disappearance in China ignited alarm during a crackdown on
dissent said on Friday he is safe and plans to return to
Australia in coming days.

The novelist and blogger, Yang Hengjun, an Australian

national born in China, was reported by friends to be missing on
Sunday, prompting concern from Australia, whose Prime Minister
Julia Gillard is due to visit China this month.
On Wednesday, Yang contacted friends who feared he had been
held by security police in Guangdong province in far southern
China in a crackdown on dissidents. Yang often visits China and
keeps a Chinese-language blog that airs his liberal views.