Australian urges deportation of Chinese Ambassador as Chinese officials accuse PM Scott Morrison of stoking nationalism in response to fake Afghan tweet

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The image was tweeted by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Zhao Lijian.(Supplied- Chinese Ministry Of Foreign Affairs)
The image was tweeted by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Zhao Lijian.(Supplied- Chinese Ministry Of Foreign Affairs)
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An Australian social media user has urged the Australian government to deport the current Chinese Ambassador to Australia citing that the he has been a disrespectful guest.

The Australian took to her social media account to make the statement in response to news publication by the ABC Australia news network that was titled: “China hits back at Australia accusing Scott Morrison of stoking nationalism in response to fake Afghan tweet.”

She further added that “it is way past time that the current Chinese ambassador to Australia be deported,” and that, “Australia’s response had been curiously accepting and weak.

She tweeted:

It is way past time that the current Chinese ambassador to Australia be deported.For too long he has been a disrespectful and belligérant guest, and Australia’s response had been curiously accepting and weak. ⁦@ScottMorrisonMP⁩ ⁦@MarisePayne

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This image was tweeted by Chinese Government spokesman Zhao Lijian. It has been blurred by the ABC.(Twitter- Lijian Zhao)
This image was tweeted by Chinese Government spokesman Zhao Lijian. It has been blurred by the ABC.(Twitter- Lijian Zhao)

The publication on ABC News Australia

Chinese officials accuse Scott Morrison of stoking nationalism in response to fake Afghan tweet

China has hit back at the Australian Government, accusing it of attempting to “stoke domestic nationalism” by demanding an apology for a tweet depicting an Australian soldier holding a knife to the throat of an Afghan child.

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Key points:

  • The Chinese embassy says Australia has misread and overreacted to the tweet
  • The image was a reference to allegations raised in a review of the ADF
  • Australia has demanded China remove the Twitter post and apologise

Beijing has already rejected demands to apologise for the image, which was shared by China’s foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, on Monday.

Now, the Chinese embassy in Canberra has issued a fresh statement accusing the Government of trying to deflect attention from atrocities committed by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan.

The embassy has also suggested the Federal Government is trying to stoke nationalism in Australia.

“We would like to further stress the following: The rage and roar of some Australian politicians and media is nothing but misreading of, and overreaction to, Mr Zhao’s tweet,” a spokesperson said.

“The accusations made are simply to serve two purposes.

“One is to deflect public attention from the horrible atrocities by certain Australian soldiers.

“The other is to blame China for the worsening bilateral ties.

“There may be another attempt to stoke domestic nationalism.”

The image was tweeted by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Zhao Lijian.(Supplied- Chinese Ministry Of Foreign Affairs)
The image was tweeted by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Zhao Lijian.(Supplied- Chinese Ministry Of Foreign Affairs)

Last week China confirmed it would impose a 200 per cent tariff on Australian wine while it conducted an anti-dumping investigation.

“All of this is obviously not helpful to the resetting of the bilateral relationship,” the spokesperson said.

“It’s our advice that the Australian side face up to the crimes committed by the Australian soldiers in Afghanistan, hold those perpetrators accountable and bring justice to victims.”

On the release of the Brereton report into alleged war crimes, the chief of the Australian Defence Force, General Angus Campbell, offered an unreserved apology to the people of Afghanistan for soldiers’ actions.

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He also said soldiers accused of committing war crimes would be dealt with under Australia’s justice system and other disciplinary action would be taken on a “case by case” basis, but that nothing was off the table.

The embassy also confirmed the secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Frances Adamson, had contacted the Chinese ambassador, Cheng Jingye.

“The ambassador refuted the unwarranted accusations as absolutely unacceptable,” the spokesperson said.

Source: ABC Australia

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