Australia demands apology from China over doctored tweet

Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the House of Representatives during Question Hour at the Parliament House in Canberra, Australia on 14 February 2019.

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SINGAPORE – Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has demanded an apology from the Chinese government after a senior official posted a theoretical image of an Australian soldier holding a knife to a child’s throat.

Morrison told reporters that Australia was apologizing to the Chinese government for the outrageous post for the offending post. We are also demanding to remove it immediately and have also contacted Twitter to remove it immediately.

Lijian Zhao, who is a spokesperson and a deputy director general at the Chinese Foreign Ministry, had earlier tweeted the principled image with a caption that wrote: “Hurting the killing of Afghan civilians and prisoners by Australian soldiers. We are committing such acts.” Strongly condemns it, and calls for it. ” Holding them accountable. “

The Chinese government should be ashamed of this position. This reduces them to the eyes of the world.

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The photo shows an Australian soldier smiling and sitting on an Australian flag which was eclipsed with the flag of Afghanistan.

Morrison described the tweet as an “abusive post” and said it was “deeply offensive” to every Australian, including past and present members of the Australian Defense Force.

“It is completely outrageous and cannot be justified on any basis. The Chinese government should be completely ashamed of this position. It reduces them to the eyes of the world,” Morrison said.

Twitter has not liked the tweet yet. The social media platform did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment and asked if there were plans to do so.

Zhao’s tweet was in reference to a report by the Inspector General of the Australian Defense Force earlier this month of a four-year investigation. The report found that Australia’s special forces allegedly killed 39 unarmed prisoners and civilians in Afghanistan. The timeframe of the investigation, which took place between 2005 and 2016, is covered rumors.

The investigation said it was reliable information that junior soldiers were required by their patrol commanders to shoot a prisoner to obtain the soldier’s first murder – a practice known as “bloodshed”. All those unlawful murders were committed outside the “heat of battle”.

Australia said 19 current and former soldiers would be sent for possible criminal prosecution, Reuters reported.

Bilateral relations between China and Australia have soured in recent months. Earlier this year, Australia supported a growing call for an international investigation to deal with China of the coronovirus epidemic. Beijing has taken measures against Australian exporters, including imposing heavy anti-dumping duties on Australian liquor exports to China.

Morrison said that while tensions between the two countries undoubtedly exist, it should be addressed in a mature and responsible manner, demanding engagement at the leadership and ministerial levels.

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