China has dismissed Morrison’s apology suit after Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian posted a digital photo of an Australian soldier holding a bloody knife in an Afghan child’s throat on Monday.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has used Chinese social media platform WeChat to criticize the “false image” of an Australian soldier posted on Twitter by the Chinese government.
China has dismissed Morrison’s apology suit after foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian posted a digital photo of an Australian soldier holding a bloody knife in the throat of an Afghan child on Monday.
The Chinese ambassador said the “outrage and roar” of Australian politicians and the media over the image had been exaggerated.
In a message to WeChat on Tuesday night, Morrison wrote that the political debate over the military image “does not diminish the respect and appreciation of the Chinese community in Australia”.
He defended the Australian administration’s military investigation into the actions of special forces in Afghanistan, saying Australia was able to deal with “thorn problems” like these in a transparent manner.
Australia previously said 19 soldiers would be taken to court to prosecute the killings of prisoners and unarmed Afghan civilians.
WeChat told an Australian government investigation in October that it had 690,000 daily active users in Australia. Morrison’s message was read by 50,000 WeChat users Wednesday morning.
Zhao’s tweet, posted at the top of his Twitter account, was “liked” by 54,000 followers, after Twitter posted it as sensitive content but rejected the Australian government’s request to remove the image.
Twitter is banned in China, but has been widely used by Chinese tactics who have resorted to “Wolf Warrior diplomacy” tactics this year.
China on Friday imposed a staggering 200% on Australian wine imports, successfully shutting down Australia’s largest export market, amid a deteriorating political crisis that has seen China’s largest trade recovery.