• By The Financial District


Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said a tweet by a Chinese official which shows a fake image of an Australian soldier appearing to slit a child's throat is "truly repugnant," the Associated Press (AP) reported.

Morrison said he is seeking an apology from the Chinese government. The incident is further increasing tensions between the two nations in a relationship that was already under strain, Mainichi Shimbun also reported.

The graphic image was posted Monday by Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson for China's foreign ministry, who had also been promoting the conspiracy theory that foreign governments were responsible for the creation of the COOVID-19 virus unleashed in Wuhan. This time, Zhao’s tweet showed a grinning soldier holding a bloodied knife to the throat of a veiled child, who is holding a lamb.

Zhao wrote a caption with the tweet saying: "Shocked by murder of Afghan civilians & prisoners by Australian soldiers. We strongly condemn such acts, & call for holding them accountable." Zhao was referring to a disturbing report by Australia's military earlier this month which found evidence that elite Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians during the conflict in Afghanistan. China had killed more Uyghurs in Xinjiang during violent crackdowns in recent years.