China hits back at Palmer

By AAP

When asked if he stood by his use of the term "mongrel" to describe Australia's largest trading partner, Mr Palmer said it was "an accurate reflection" of a government that executed its own people. "They have one-day trials, they don't have any democracy," he told Fairfax radio station 3AW on Tuesday. "I feel for the Chinese people that live under such tyranny.

The Chinese embassy in Canberra on Tuesday rebuked the federal MP for a tirade on ABC television in which he called the Chinese government "mongrels" and "bastards". "The words of Mr Clive Palmer MP are absurd and irresponsible, which are full of ignorance and prejudice," a spokesperson for the embassy told AAP.

The federal government, which hopes to finalise a free trade agreement with China this year, issued a statement to make it "perfectly clear" it valued its relationship with the Asian powerhouse. "Peripheral issues will not distract the government in its work to broaden and deepen this most important relationship," Trade Minister Andrew Robb said.

Outspoken PUP senator Jacqui Lambie said the Chinese threat to the "western world democracies" was at an unprecedented high and Australia should double its military immediately. "If anybody thinks that we should have a national security and defence policy which ignores the threat of a Chinese communist invasion - you're delusional and got rocks in your head," she said in a statement.

But after his widely-broadcast remarks he's called on the government to stand up more for Australian companies instead of "bending over backwards" for China. "We don't want a relationship that's not based on mutual respect," he said.

Her colleague, Chinese-born PUP senator Dio Wang, said Mr Palmer's comments were taken out of context. "There has never been the slightest suggestion on his part of a prejudicial view of members of the Chinese community," he said in a statement.

Read more here: Business Spectator

    

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