China newspaper calls for retaliation over remarks by Australian tycoon
Published on Aug 20, 2014 12:09 PM
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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