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China says Australian tycoon's attack "irrational and absurd"

Published on Aug 21, 2014 9:27 AM
 
A 2013 file photo of Australian billionaire Clive Palmer speaking at a news conference in London. China's foreign ministry has condemned a verbal attack by the mining mogul and politician as irrational and absurd, after he described China's government as "bastards" who shoot their own people. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING/SYDNEY (REUTERS) - China's foreign ministry has condemned a verbal attack by Australian mining mogul and politician Clive Palmer as irrational and absurd, after the businessman described China's government as "bastards" who shoot their own people.

The Australian government has rebuked Palmer, who holds the balance of power in the parliament's upper house. 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.

"Palmer's words about China in recent days are totally irrational and absurd. We strongly condemn them," Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Qin Gang said in a statement posted on the ministry's official website late on Wednesday.

Qin's statement came after a prominent Chinese newspaper, the state-run Global Times tabloid, said Australia should be taught a lesson.

 
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