Australia tycoon blasts Chinese government as 'mongrels'
Published on Aug 19, 2014 10:54 AM
SYDNEY (AFP) - Outspoken Australian tycoon Clive Palmer has labelled the Chinese government "mongrels" who "shoot their own people" in a televised tirade that was criticised by Canberra on Tuesday as "hugely damaging".
The billionaire politician, who was elected to parliament last year as head of the Palmer United Party and is known for rebuilding a replica of the Titanic, also called the Chinese "bastards" who "want to take over this country".
The flamboyant mining baron is locked in a long-running dispute over royalties and port operations with Hong Kong-based Citic Pacific over its Sino Iron magnetite project, a partnership with China's state-owned Metallurgical Group Corporation.
Citic is mining for magnetite iron ore on Palmer's sprawling Australian Mardie Station cattle farm under a 25-year lease. But the two sides have clashed over what share of the proceeds are owed to the Australian businessman and whether his company, Mineralogy, is the legal operator of the project's export terminal at Port Preston.
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