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China newspaper calls for retaliation over remarks by Australian tycoon

Published on Aug 20, 2014 12:09 PM
Australian mining mogul and politician Clive Palmer was rebuked by the government on Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014, for a tirade against China, in which he described its government as "bastards" who shoot their own people and want to take over the country's resources. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (REUTERS) - An influential Chinese newspaper called for retaliation against Australia on Wednesday after Australian mining mogul and politician Clive Palmer described China's government as "bastards" who shoot their own people.

The Australian government has already rebuked Palmer for his comments, and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she planned to contact the Chinese embassy to stress that the Australian parliament does not share Palmer's "abusive" views.

While the Chinese government has yet to publicly comment, a prominent Chinese newspaper, the state-run Global Times, weighed into the controversy, saying Australia should be taught a lesson.

"China cannot let him off, or show petty kindness just because the Australian government has condemned him," the newspaper said in an editorial in its Chinese and English editions.

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