“Shocked by murder of Afghan civilians and prisoners by Australian soldiers,” Beijing’s foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, said in a Tweet on Monday morning.

We strongly condemn such acts, and call for holding them accountable

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The post was illustrated with a photo collage of a soldier in Australian military uniform holding a knife to a child’s throat, with a caption that read ‘Don’t be afraid, we are coming to bring you peace!’

In an emergency press conference, Prime Minister Scott Morrison blasted China for this “utterly outrageous” and “false image and terrible slur”, and demanded an official apology while calling on Twitter to wipe the post.

The only thing that has brought shame today is this appalling post by the Chinese Government.

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