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New Zealand joins Australia in denouncing China's tweet

Added 11-30-20 11:03:01pm EST - “New Zealand has joined Australia in denouncing a graphic tweet posted by a Chinese official that shows a fake image of a grinning Australian soldier holding a bloodied knife to a child's throat.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “New Zealand joins Australia in denouncing China’s tweet”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - New Zealand has joined Australia in denouncing a graphic tweet posted by a Chinese official that shows a fake image of a grinning Australian soldier holding a bloodied knife to a child’s throat.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that New Zealand has voiced its concerns directly with Chinese authorities.

“This is an image that wasn’t factual. It wasn’t correct. And so in keeping with our principled position where images like that are used, we will raise those concerns and we’ll do it directly,” Ardern told reporters.

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Ardern’s criticism was more muted than Australia‘s. She faced an awkward choice of how far to get involved in a conflict between New Zealand’s closest ally, Australia, and its biggest trading partner, China.

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