The Abbott 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 on Tuesday.
She said voters in Mr Palmer's Queensland electorate should reflect on his comments. "It would appear that he's using his public position, as a member of parliament and his appearance on a national television program to insult the Chinese people," she told The Australian.
The Chinese embassy in Canberra on Tuesday rebuked the federal MP for a tirade on national television in which he called the Chinese government "mongrels" and "bastards".
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