Politics

November 30, 2020

Australia condemns China over tweet

Source: Unsplash (Claudi Schwarz) 

The Gist

One of China's foreign ministers tweeted a fake image depicting an Australian soldier killing and Afghan child. 

The List

  • The tweet follows a report conducted by the Australian Defense force which suggests dozens of children were killed by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2013. 
  • Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the tweet "a slur on [Australia's] defense forces". 
  • Twitter has not yet removed the image despite demands by the Australian government. 
  • Tensions between Australia and China have been high since Australian officials accused China of meddling in Australian affairs earlier this year. 
  • Australian officials have also been questioning China's role in the origin and spread of the coronavirus. 

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