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Aussie miner lawmaker criticized for China tirade
Trade » Clive Palmer may have hurt relations, calling Chinese “bastards,” “mongrels.”
First Published Aug 19 2014 09:16 am • Last Updated Aug 19 2014 09:16 am

Canberra, Australia • A larger-than-life Australian mining magnate turned lawmaker Clive Palmer has been widely accused of threatening Australia’s relationship with its biggest trading partner through an extraordinary tirade against China.

The 60-year-old multi-millionaire called the Chinese "bastards" and "mongrels" and accused Beijing of trying to take over Australia during a nationally televised forum on Australian Broadcasting Corp. on Monday night.

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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Tuesday that she would personally tell the Chinese Embassy that "these views are not representative of the Australian Parliament and I don’t believe representative of the Australian people."

Treasurer Joe Hockey described Palmer’s tirade as "hugely damaging."

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce described Palmer’s comments as Australia finalized a free trade deal with China as "not helpful."




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