Canberra Demands Apology from Beijing over Offensive Australian Soldier Tweet

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison demanded that the Chinese Government delete a defamatory tweet attacking the Australian Defence Force amid the Afghanistan war crime investigations.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison demanded that the Chinese Government delete a defamatory tweet attacking the Australian Defence Force amid the Afghanistan war crime investigations.

The outrage was in response to Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lijian Zhao’s post on Twitter which had a fabricated image portraying an Australian soldier with a bloody knife next to a child while they are standing on top of the Australian and Afghan flags.

“Shocked by murder of Afghan civilians & prisoners by Australian soldiers. We strongly condemn such acts, and call for holding them accountable,” captioned Zhao.

The tweet was referencing previously reported allegations that elite Australian soldiers used knives to murder two 14-year-old Afghan boys.

Morrison said Beijing should be “utterly ashamed” for sharing the “repugnant” image and that they had reached out to the Chinese Government and contacted Twitter to have the post removed.

“The Chinese government should be totally ashamed of this post. It diminishes them in the world’s eyes. It is a false image and terrible slur on our defense forces,” added Morrison.

Morrison said he acknowledged the tensions between the two countries but said: “This is not how you deal with it.”


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