Australia slams China over vile fake image of soldier holding a knife to the throat of an Afghan child in shocking reference to ‘war crimes’ report – as Scott Morrison demands deletion and apology
- Australia is investigating war crimes allegations against troops in Afghanistan
- Chinese official posted a doctored image of Aussie soldier and Afghan child
- The soldier is holding a knife to the child’s throat and covering face with flag
- Scott Morrison slammed the tweet as ‘disgusting’ and called for removal
The Chinese government has attacked Australia over war crimes allegations against SAS troops by posting a falsified image on Twitter showing an Aussie soldier holding a knife to the throat of an Afghan child.
Lijian Zhao, deputy director of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Information Department, posted the fake image on Monday, writing: ‘Shocked by murder of Afghan civilians and prisoners by Australian soldiers. We strongly condemn such acts, and call for holding them accountable.’
The gruesome image, which has been mocked up, shows a smiling soldier in Australian uniform covering a child with the Aussie flag as the youngster holds a lamb.
The soldier holds a large, bloody knife to the child’s throat above the sarcastic caption: ‘Don’t be afraid, we are coming to bring you peace!’
The Chinese government has attacked Australia over war crimes allegations by posting a falsified image on Twitter
Prime Minster Scott Morrison slammed the ‘disgusting and disgraceful’ post and said he has asked China and Twitter to remove it.
‘The Chinese government should be totally ashamed of this post. It diminishes them in the world’s eyes. We are seeking an apology for this outrageous post. We are seeking its removal,’ he said.
A four-year ADF inquiry last week reported evidence of 39 murders of civilians or prisoners by 25 Aussies serving in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2016.
Earlier, Russia claimed allegations of war crimes in Afghanistan had weakened Australia’s international standing.
Moscow’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the allegations called into question Australia’s commitment to protecting the rules-based world order.
The image was posted as trade tensions between Australia and China reach a new height.
Recently coal and seafood exports have been held up at Chinese ports and last week China put a 200 per cent tariff on Aussie wine despite the two countries signing a free trade deal in 2015.
Earlier this year China slapped an 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley, suspended beef imports and told students and tourists not to travel Down Under.
Tensions escalated after Mr Morrison called for an independent inquiry into the origins of coronavirus.
China has attacked Australia over war crimes allegations by posting a falsified image on Twitter