Australia has demanded that China should apologise for posting a fake picture on a government Twitter account that depicted an Australian soldier murdering an Afghan child.
In a televised address, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Beijing should be utterly ashamed for sharing the “repugnant” image.
It comes amid escala
ting political tensions between the two countries.
The image referred to alleged war crimes by some Australian soldiers.
Earlier this month, a report found that 25 Australian soldiers were allegedly involved in the murders of 39 Afghan civilians and prisoners between 2009 and 2013.
On Monday, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Lijian Zhao posted a doctored image which portrayed an Australian soldier with a bloody knife next to a child.
The child was seen holding a lamb.