“Morrison’s response was clumsy and ill-advised. It was ‘not textbook’, as Danny Russel, a former Asia-Pacific adviser to Joe Biden and Barack Obama, put it to me. The Chinese spokesman who tweeted the mocked-up picture of a digger holding a knife to the throat of a child, Zhao Lijian, is the leading practitioner of China’s hypernationalist ‘wolf warrior’ diplomacy. Russel describes him as ‘a troll in wolf’s clothing’…”

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