China’s multi-purpose messaging app, WeChat has blocked Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison amid the ongoing dispute between Canberra and Beijing over the rendered image of an Australian soldier. After the Chinese government rejected Morrison’s demands of an apology over the doctored image that was posted by Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian. The Chinese government representative had posted an image of an Australian soldier holding a bloodied knife to the throat of an Afghan Child earlier this week.

Amid the edited picture row, Australian PM has said in a WeChat message that the diplomatic dispute between Beijing and Canberra will not diminish respect for the Chinese-Australian community. In the message which has now been blocked on the portal, Morrison had acknowledged the contributions made by Chinese migrants in making Australia successful and expressed hope that the community will continue to play an important role in making Australia a “multicultural nation”.