Rep Australia has apologized to China for the ‘defendant’ Afghan tweet

Scott Morrison

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Beijing Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said he is apologizing to China for providing a picture of an Australian Australian soldier holding a knife to the neck of an Afghan child by a Beijing diplomat.

The tweet, posted by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, told reporters in Canberra on Monday. The Australian premiere said the image was docked and asked Twitter to remove it.

“The Chinese government should be completely ashamed of this post,” Morrison said. The tweet would tarnish China’s global image, he said.

Tensions between the nations have risen over Morrison’s apology, following China’s decision to impose anti-anchor dumping duties on his wine over the weekend. Diplomatic ties have broken down this year after Australia vowed to allow independent investigators in Wuhan to investigate the origins of the epidemic, leading to a series of trade surges.