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Prime Minister Scott Morrison is correct in demanding an official apology from China for a tweet that featured a doctored image of an Australian soldier, according to an exclusive reader poll.

A reader survey of 600 users * found that the majority of participants believed Australia should redouble its demands to receive an official apology for the tweet, which featured a false image of an Australian soldier holding a knife down the throat of an Afghan boy. .

The tweet was posted by Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

A blurred image of the tweet posted by a senior Chinese diplomat. (Twitter)
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, who posted the tweet. (AP / AAP)

Almost 50 percent of readers “fully agreed” that an official apology be made, while 22 percent “somewhat agreed” that the government stand firm against demands that China withdraw. the comments.

Only 7 percent of readers “strongly disagreed”, preferring that Australia withdraw from the lawsuits.

Morrison demanded an official apology shortly after the tweet was posted, calling it a “disgusting and false insult.”

Scott morrison
Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the tweet “disgusting” and demanded an apology. (Getty)

“There are undoubtedly tensions between China and Australia. But that is not how it is handled,” he said.

“It is deeply offensive to all Australians who have served in uniform.

“It is outrageous and cannot be justified in any way.”

A request was also made to the social media giant Twitter to have the content removed.

Scott Morrison has asked Twitter to remove the image and tweet.
Scott Morrison has asked Twitter to remove the image and tweet. (AP)

The tweet is currently live, but Twitter has partially censored the image, warning that it contains “potentially sensitive content.”

China has made no official apology, accusing Australian politicians of “overreacting” and trying to provoke “domestic nationalism”.

Caught between the two national governments are Australia’s local industries that depend heavily on the export of goods and products to China.

China is an important market for Australian wine exports.
China is an important market for Australian wine exports. (Sanghee Liu)

When asked about the potential impact on the nation’s economy, an overwhelming majority of respondents believed that Australia’s exports would suffer as a result of the political setback.

Almost 60 per cent of readers said they believed the tensions with China were hurting Australia’s finances “a little bit”, while nearly a third believed it was hurting the economy “a lot”.

Only two percent of readers thought the passing comments between China and Australia weren’t hurting the economy at all.

* The survey looks at Nine’s audience views on 9Nation, which is an online community of our readers and viewers. Those interested in participating you can check here.

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