1 Dec 2020

Ardern registers concern with China over tweet of fake photo

From Midday Report, 12:12 pm on 1 December 2020

New Zealand has weighed into the escalating row between China and Australia, formally registering its concern with Chinese authorities about a tweet depicting an Australian soldier.

China's brushing off calls for it to apologise for a tweet a government official posted with a faked photo of an Australian soldier holding a knife to an Afghan child's throat.

It highlighted a report that found Australian soldiers were responsible for at least 39 unlawful killings in Afghanistan.

Māni Dunlop spoke to RNZ's Political Editor, Jane Patterson.