China's Foreign Ministry posted a computer-generated picture of Australia's war crime in Afghanistan on social media on Monday. Furious at this, Australia called the Chinese government shameless and asked her to apologize. This incident is expected to deteriorate the already strained relationship between the two countries.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian posted the picture on Twitter on Monday. In it, a child with a sheep in its lap is seen, which is held by an Australian soldier and is cutting his neck with a knife. The flag of Australia is planted in the background of the picture. The message reads, "Don't be afraid, we are coming to give you peace."
Lijian wrote alongside the post, "I am shocked at the killing of Afghan civilians and prisoners at the hands of Australian soldiers." Condemning this, Australia should be held responsible for this. ”Normally, Lijian's post is not retitled by even a thousand people, but by the afternoon around 18,000 people retweeted it. This photo is actually made by a Chinese propaganda artist Wuheklin on a computer. He has also previously created many such photographs against the Hong Kong agitators.
Strongly opposing this Chinese strategy on social media, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that the Chinese government should be ashamed of this post. This makes China's image fall in the eyes of the world. Describing the picture as annoying to every Australian, he asked the Chinese Foreign Ministry to apologize. It also demanded removal from Twitter. He said that there is tension in both countries, but this kind of cheap action should not be done. Because of this, relations with many countries standing with Australia can be affected. Foreign Minister Mary Paine said that the government has summoned the Chinese ambassador to ask for an apology.
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