Australian MP apologizes for insulting Chinese

Updated: 2014-08-26 09:28


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Australian MP apologizes for insulting Chinese

Australian billionaire Clive Palmer speaks during a news conference in New York about his intention to build the Titanic II, Feb 26, 2013. [Photo/IC]

SYDNEY - Australian politician Clive Palmer on Tuesday apologized to the Chinese embassy in Canberra for calling the Chinese government "bastards" and "mongrels" in a media interview.

In a written statement, Palmer said: "I most sincerely apologize for any insult to the Chinese people caused by any of the language I used during my appearance on the ABC television program Q&A.

"... what I said on Q&A was an insult to Chinese people everywhere and I wish to assure them they have my most genuine and sincere apology, that I am sorry that I said the things I said on the program."

Palmer's comments last week caused widespread condemnation from Australian politicians, business leaders and the general public, while sparking protests from the Chinese community in Australia.

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