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Scott Morrison message to Chinese Australians blocked by social media platform WeChat

The Chinese social media platform WeChat has blocked a message by Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison amid a dispute between officials in Beijing and Canberra over the doctored tweeted image of an Australian soldier.

China rebuffed Morrison’s calls for an apology after its foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian posted the picture of an Australian soldier holding a bloodied knife to the throat of an Afghan child on Monday.

The US government called China’s use of the digitally manipulated image a “new low” in disinformation.

Morrison took to WeChat on Tuesday to criticise the “false image” while offering praise to Australia’s Chinese community.

In his message, Morrison defended Australia’s handling of a war crimes investigation into the actions of special forces in Afghanistan and said Australia would deal with “thorny issues” in a transparent manner.

Morrison took to WeChat on Tuesday to criticise the “false image” while offering praise to Australia’s Chinese community. Credit: 7NEWS.com.au

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