Updated: Dec 3, 2020
Already tense relations between China and Australia took a turn for the worse on Monday after a Chinese government spokesman Tweeted a doctored false image of an Australian soldier holding a knife to a child's throat in Afghanistan.
Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morisson then immediately demanded and apology from the
Chief government, but Beijing refused and instead accused Australia of war crimes.
China went further and accused Australia of war crimes.
Chinese foreign and military policy has become increasingly expansionist, aggressive and belligerent in recent years and the modernisation and enlargement of the Chinese armed forces has created increasing concern amongst all states of the South China Sea and Pacific regions.
In 2018 Australia became the first country to ban Chinese communications company Huawei from its national telecoms system and allegedly blocked a number of Chinese investment deals in Australia.
This year Australia caused anger in Beijing when it called for an investigation into the origins of Coronavirus.