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Chinese artist behind Australian soldier/Afghan kid image speaks out

The Chinese artist that created the latest rift between Australia and China said he plans to make more pictures to condemn Australia after the country’s latest response. Fu Yu said he would make more of the images because he didn’t like being “scolded” by Australia, reports ABC.net.au. The image that caused all the bruhaha is of an Australian soldier holding a knife to an Afghan kid’s throat. Normally, this wouldn’t get much attention but China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian tweeted the picture on Monday and wrote, “Shocked by murder of Afghan civilians & prisoners by Australian soldiers. We strongly condemn such acts, & call for holding them accountable.”

The tweet came after a report found the Australian Defence Force allegedly killed 39 Afghan civilians unlawfully. China and Australia had been throwing shots at each other after Australia called for an investigation into China on the origins of COVID.

Consequently, after Zhao tweeted the image, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison demanded an apology from China. But for Fu, this was not the right step for Australia.

“I get scolded by this Australian person called Morrison and he demands my apology,” he said. “I feel sympathetic for him and fully understand Morrison’s feelings right now. But I would advise Morrison to face reality, and put his attention and effort on his domestic affairs.”

Fu Yu who self-identifies as a “wolf-warrior artist” regularly makes art backing China’s government. However, he said he made the latest image because he was furious over the Australian soldier killings and it was an “effort to protect mankind.”

“I created this CG illustration based on my anger and shuddering,” he said. “The artwork was simply created out of a sense of humanitarianism.”

Fu said that Morrison should really be concerned with his soldiers than his artwork.

“Make sure his government’s military force becomes more disciplined to avoid any similar international tragedy,” he said. “… He should put less effort on pressuring and condemning a fact-based artwork and an artist who is ordinary and from a foreign country. If I have energy tonight, I can make another artwork as my response.”

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