On Monday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called China to apologize the nation for on Twitter posting a fake photo of an Australian soldier. He also demanded the removal of the picture.
A day later, China made the demand on Tuesday.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Lijian Zhao posted a picture on her official Twitter account on Monday. The Australian soldier was seen holding a blood-stained knife to the neck of an Afghan child.
Australia considers the incident “really insulting” to them. Scott Morrison called the incident another step in the deterioration of relations between the two countries.
Shocked by murder of Afghan civilians & prisoners by Australian soldiers. We strongly condemn such acts, &call for holding them accountable. pic.twitter.com/GYOaucoL5D
Tensions are running high between the two countries recently.
Today, the Chinese embassy in Australia retaliated without apology. A statement from the embassy said, “There are two motives behind this allegation.
One is to divert people’s attention from the horrific atrocities committed by some members of the Australian military. The other is to blame China for the deterioration of relations between the two countries.
Besides, it may be an attempt to incite nationalism in the country.
The statement added that the country should face the crimes committed by the Australian troops in Afghanistan. The perpetrators must be held accountable as well as the victims must be brought to justice.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said it was “really offensive and in no way justifiable”. The Chinese government should be ashamed of this. This incident has brought them down further in the eyes of the world.
The Australian government has asked Twitter to remove the image. The Australian Defense Force (ADF) recently released a report after a four-year investigation into the misconduct of Australian soldiers during the Afghan war. There is evidence that Australian troops killed 39 innocent people in Afghanistan.
Last Friday, the country’s army chief said 13 Australian special forces had already been recommended for dismissal.