China may have directly asked an artist to create a fake photo showing a grinning Australian soldier holding a knife to the throat of an Afghan child, according to a dark new theory into the diplomatic crisis. Prime Minister Scott Morrison had called for the Asian superpower to take down the ‘repugnant’ fake image posted on Twitter by Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lijian Zhao. The doctored image referred to revelations made last month in the Brereton inquiry 25 Australian soldiers unlawfully killed 39 Afghan civilians and prisoners. Mr Zhao is believed to have taken the photo from an graphic artist called Wuheqilin – known for his political illustrations against the West – on Chinese social media platform Weibo. Eagled-eyed observers have noticed though the original image contained a watermark from the artist in the corner, while the version shared by the Chinese foreign ministry did not have one at all. The Chinese government has doubled down on attacking Australia over war crimes allegations by posting this falsified image on Twitter, while mocking the ‘rage and roar’ of Prime Minister Scott Morrison ABC journalist Xiaoning Mo, who covers China, said the lack of a watermark would suggest the Chinese government official had… Read full this story
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