Wang to meet counterpart Motegi, and possibly PM Suga, to discuss business travel. Wang Yi, Chinese President Xi Jinping's special representative, state councilor and foreign minister, will attend a special session of the United Nations General Assembly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced on Wednesday. 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Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian sparked outrage in Canberra on Monday when he posted a staged image of a man dressed as an Australian soldier holding a bloody knife to an Afghan child’s throat. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). Fauci Admits He Didn't Tell Truth, Moved Goalposts Because People Not 'Ready to Hear Truth', Biden Throwing a Conniption That Twitter Wouldn't Transfer Trump's Followers to Him, In This Season of Giving States Are Exploring New Extremes of Tax Taking, Rand Paul Savages Gov. China Refuses To Apologize To Australia Over Official's Tweet Of Doctored Image Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison had asked for an apology. On Monday, Zhao Lijian, a spokesman with China’s foreign ministry, released a graphic fake image of an Australian soldier slitting a child’s throat. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian REUTERS. It comes after Canberra began pushing back on Beijing’s growing power in the region, cracked down on Chinese influence operations Down Under and called for an independent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. The diplomatic row has sent relations between Beijing and Canberra plunging to a new low. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying defended her colleague over the controversial post and attacked Australia [Thomas Peter/Reuters] 1 Dec 2020. (Photo by Mark Graham/AFP via Getty Images) ( – Relations between Australia and China have been on a downward spiral since Prime Minister Scott … HKFP is only answerable only to readers, not shareholders, media tycoons or corporate umbrella groups. Take it down," he said. The Australian government has asked Twitter to remove the image, posted on Monday by China's foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on his official Twitter account, Morrison said. Multiple posts shared repeatedly on Facebook claim that South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced the country had procured enough doses of China-made Covid-19 vaccines to vaccinate 45 million people. “It may be that the US military brought the epidemic to Wuhan.”, 2/2 美国疾控中心主任被抓了个现行。零号病人是什么时候在美国出现的?有多少人被感染?医院的名字是什么?可能是美军把疫情带到了武汉。美国要透明!要公开数据!美国欠我们一个解释!, — Lijian Zhao 赵立坚 (@zlj517) March 12, 2020. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison has demanded an apology from the Chinese government. “The rage and roar of some Australian politicians and media is nothing but misreading of and overreaction to Mr. Zhao’s tweet,” the spokesperson said. Some Australian allies expressed concern over the tweet, including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. How many people are infected? Veterans Affairs Minister Darren Chester criticised Twitter on Tuesday for failing to take down the post from China's Foreign Ministry. During his Nov. 24-25 visit, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Motegi are expected to discuss resuming business trips between the world’s No. There was further embarrassment for Australia on Tuesday when the Guardian published an image purporting to show an Australian soldier chugging beer from a dead Taliban fighter’s prosthetic leg. According to the Daily Caller, Twitter told the DCNF that the tweet doesn’t violate any of the rules for conduct on the site and will not be taking it down. He said Beijing should be “totally ashamed” of the “outrageous and disgusting slur” against the Australian armed forces. AFP is a global news agency delivering fast, in-depth coverage of the events shaping our world from wars and conflicts to politics, sports, entertainment and the latest breakthroughs in health, science and technology. India-China Foreign Ministers Likely To Meet Today Amid Border Tension . Operation Legend Has Concluded. He is the 31st spokesperson since the position was established in 1983. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday. “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,” she told reporters. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi addressed the Asia Society on Dec. 18, marking the first comprehensive speech by a senior Chinese official on Sino-American relations since Joe … Foreign Minister S Jaishankar met with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of the SCO Foreign Ministers' meeting last evening. “With a critical mass of expert organizations, official government accounts, health professionals, and epidemiologists on Twitter, our goal is to elevate and amplify authoritative health information on our service,” said Kennedy. The label applies to all verified political candidates and officials with more than 100,000 followers, Twitter noted in a blog post. China's Foreign Ministry spokesman tweeted a fake image showing an Australian soldier murdering a child Scott Morrison is demanding a formal apology from the Chinese Government over the image "We have noted the four priorities laid out by … "What the hell is Twitter doing?