World Australia demands apology from China after fake image posted on social media

05:25  30 november  2020
05:25  30 november  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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By Kirsty Needham

a man wearing a suit and tie: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison visits Tokyo © Reuters/ISSEI KATO Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison visits Tokyo

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday Canberra is seeking an apology from Beijing about a Tweet containing a false image of an Australian soldier holding the knife to the throat of an Afghan child.

Morrison said Australia was seeking the removal of the "truly repugnant" image posted on Monday by Zhao Lijian, a spokesman at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"It is utterly outrageous and cannot be justified on any basis... The Chinese government should be utterly ashamed of this post. It diminishes them in the world's eyes," Morrison told media at a press briefing.

He said countries around the world were watching how Beijing responded to tensions in Australia's relationship with China.

(Reporting by Kirsty Needham; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

WeChat Deletes Australian PM’s Appeal to Chinese Community .
Chinese social media platform WeChat has deleted a post by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, accusing him of misleading the public, as the diplomatic spat between the two nations shows no sign of easing. In a direct appeal to the Chinese community, Morrison promoted Australia as a “free, democratic, liberal country” and explained that an official probe was underway into alleged atrocities by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan. That post was removed for the use of “misleading words” to “distort historical events and deceive the public,” according to a message displayed in its place.

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