Australian PM overreacted to tweet : Chinese official

Vastavam Web: China’s senior diplomat in Australia said Prime Minister Scott Morrison overreacted to a social media post about alleged war crimes by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan, adding that his actions drew more attention to the report.

Earlier this week, Morrison said that a Chinese official’s tweet showing the fake image of an Australian soldier appearing to slit a child’s throat was truly repugnant and merits an apology, which has not come from China.

I think it’s unfortunate that this issue evolved in such a way that has gone astray and now there is a much larger visibility of the Brereton report in China, China’s deputy ambassador, Wang Xining, said Friday.

More people are attentive to what happened in Afghanistan. People wonder why a national leader would have such a strong opinion to an artwork done by a normal young artist in China.

He was referring to a disturbing report by Australia’s military earlier this month that found evidence that elite Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians during the conflict in Afghanistan.

Such behaviour and use of information tools to disseminate fabricated images or information cannot be justified.

Officials from the United States, New Zealand and Canada have also criticized the Chinese tweet.

The rift between the two nations has grown since the Australian government called for an independent inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic

Source : PTI