What that tweet says of China's ties with Australia

This spat is more than a dispute over a crass post on social media, it is also a revealing indicator of the worsening ties between Australia and China. PHOTO: REUTERS
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SYDNEY - Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison spent part of last week in Covid-19 quarantine in Canberra after returning from a trip to Japan, but his enforced isolation did not mean that he intended to stay silent.

Instead, on Nov 30, he called a virtual press conference after learning about a tweet posted by Mr Zhao Lijian, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman who has become known for his deliberately provocative tweets.

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