Dec 4, 2020

China and Australia: How a Twitter spat quickly escalated

Reuters/EPA. From furious insults to WeChat censorship, a spat between China and Australia over a controversial tweet has escalated into an online tit-for-tat in recent days. "It's not China which should be ashamed, but Australia," she said. The spat ventured into new territory on Tuesday - literally - as Mr Morrison took the rare step of using the Chinese messaging platform WeChat to appeal to Chinese people, in particular the sizeable community living in Australia. The diplomatic dispute "Does not diminish respect and appreciation for the Chinese community in Australia", he wrote, while also reiterating earlier criticism of the false image and defending Australia's handling of the war crimes probe. Ties between Australia and China were already fractured to begin with.

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