Clive Palmer
Clive Palmer DAVE HUNT

WE SAY: Well China, that’s it for Mr Palmer

OUR VIEW: IT TOOK more than a week to come, but when it came, it all of a sudden did not seem that important.

"It" was Fairfax MP Clive Palmer's apology to China for his attack on "Chinese mongrels" who "shoot their own people" and "haven't got a justice system".

The outspoken MP and leader of the Palmer United Party wrote to the Chinese ambassador in Australia, saying he most sincerely apologised for any insult to the Chinese people as a result of his comments made on live television last week.

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But despite the protests and admonition by Chinese state media, and other Australian MPs, the response from the ambassador was decidedly balanced.

Ma Zhaoxu acknowledged the apology but said Mr Palmer's comments would not have affected relations between the countries anyway.

"Any remarks attacking or slandering China would not gain support and were doomed to failure," he said in a statement.

"The healthy and stable development of China-Australia relations is in the fundamental interests of the two countries and peoples, and cannot be overturned by any individual."

Taken on face value, perhaps Mr Palmer's comments did not carry as much weight with the Chinese government as they did with other Palmer combatants.

And in the end, Mr Palmer did the right thing.


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