Chinese media has hit back at Australia over soldiers who were photographed putting dozens of boxes of baby formula on warships during a visit to Sydney.

The Global Times says the Australian media ‘overreacted’ to Chinese military personnel loading boxes of baby formula onto three warships docked at Garden Island naval base last week.

Fifty boxes of A2 Platinum and Aptamil formula were reportedly brought aboard by sailors.

Following the Chinese milk scandal in 2008, where melamine was discovered in local milk, including baby formula, demand on Australian products has skyrocketed.

Coles and Woolworths were forced to introduce a two-tin limit to cope with the demand from personal shoppers, known as ‘daigou’, have since been used to send Australian products back to China for a profit.

The article was quoted saying it was ‘natural’ for crew to buy gifts for their families.

“As long as it does not violate the laws and regulations of the countries concerned, there is nothing wrong with it,” they said.

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