Australia misled social media post, says China

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison on November 30, asked China to apologise for the tweet it called “truly repugnant” that was posted by China’s foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian.

Soon after this, China’s embassy in Australia said that Australian politicians had misread the twitter post that showed a digitally-altered image of an Australian soldier holding a bloodied knife to the throat of an Afghan child, and were trying to stoke nationalism.

In a statement issued on December 1, the Chinese embassy in Canberra said, “The rage and roar of some Australian politicians and media is nothing but misreading of and overreaction to Mr Zhao’s tweet.” Adding further, it said, “Australia was seeking to stoke domestic nationalism and deflect public attention from the horrible atrocities by certain Australian soldiers, it said.

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