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New Zealand's PM sides with Australia after Chinese diplomat tweets brutal image condemning war crimes against Afghan civilians

Added 12-01-20 12:37:03am EST - “Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has come to Australia's defense after a Chinese diplomat shared an illustration showing an Aussie soldier with an Afghan child at knifepoint, saying the government has chided Beijing for the post.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “New Zealand’s PM sides with Australia after Chinese diplomat tweets brutal image condemning war crimes against Afghan civilians”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Calling the tweet “unfactual,” Ardern told reporters on Tuesday that her administration had contacted Beijing “directly” to raise objections over the controversial image, shared on Sunday by Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijan.

“There is an exchange that’s happening between Australia and China, it will of course tap into spaces where, as a general principle, we may have concerns and will raise those,” the PM said.

In this case, an image has been used that is not factually correct, that is not a genuine image. So we have raised that directly with Chinese authorities.

New Zealand's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said her government has raised concerns with China about its using an image of an Australian soldier holding a knife to the throat of an Afghan child https://t.co/e13c1LPUaEpic.twitter.com/U7cEHgopHI

Zhao’s tweet featured an illustration of an Australian soldier clad in combat fatigues holding a knife to the throat of a young child. “Shocked by murder of Afghan civilians & prisoners by Australian soldiers. We strongly condemn such acts, & call for holding them accountable,” the diplomat wrote.

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