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An editorial in a Chinese state newspaper warned Australian ships to stay away from the South China Sea as tensions between the two countries mounted.

The Global Times, a daily tabloid that is politically aligned with the Communist Party of China, published an editorial today stating that Prime Minister Scott Morrison “blatantly” asked for an apology for a doctored image of an Australian soldier that was published in Twitter

In the editorial, the newspaper drew a light veil over an Australian presence in the South China Sea, warning that it will be forced to swallow “bitter pills.”

The front page of The Global Times home page. (Supplied)

“Australia treats China’s goodwill meanly. It is not worth arguing with. If it does not want to do business with China, so be it. Its politics, military and culture should stay away from China – suppose the two countries are not on the same planet, “argued the newspaper.

“As a war dog of the United States, Australia should contain its arrogance.

“In particular, its warships must not reach China’s coastal areas to flex its muscles, or else it will swallow the bitter pills.”

Australian, American and Japanese warships sail together in the South China Sea. (Supplied)

The editorial blazed at Morrison’s request for an apology, a request that it says China “ruthlessly rejected.”

“Morrison claimed that his country was offended, so he blatantly demanded an apology from China,” wrote The Global Times.

“This was ruthlessly rejected by the Chinese Foreign Ministry and ridiculed by the Chinese people.

“Australia now has such a rude and arrogant government and a group of opinion and political elites that they don’t have a clear estimate of themselves.”

An editorial in The Global Times about Scott Morrison. (Supplied)

Although deliberately divisive, the sentiment expressed by The Global Times did not differ from a statement made by the Chinese embassy this morning, which stated that Australia’s outrage was “unacceptable”.

“We would like to further emphasize the following: the anger and roar of some Australian politicians and media is nothing more than a misinterpretation and overreaction to Zhao’s tweet. The accusations made are simply for two purposes,” said a spokesperson for the The Chinese embassy. .

“One is to divert public attention from the horrific atrocities committed by certain Australian soldiers. The other is to blame China for worsening bilateral ties.

“There may be another attempt to stoke domestic nationalism.”

The outrageous tweet showed an Australian soldier holding a knife to the throat of a child. (Twitter)

What is The Global Times?

The Global Times is an English language newspaper and website that was founded in 2009 and is known as one of the leading English newspapers in China.

The newspaper is politically aligned with the Communist Party of China and is published by The People’s Daily, a group of newspapers that is the official spokesperson for the CCP.

In May 2016, the newspaper ran a campaign calling for a boycott of singer Denise Ho for her stance on wanting democracy for Hong Kong.

This year, the newspaper accused of spreading misinformation related to the coronavirus epidemic, mainly through specific Facebook ads.

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