Australian mining mogul Clive Palmer offered a wordy apology for some remarks he made last week during a TV interview in which he called the Chinese government “bastards” who “shoot their own people”.
Palmer, leader of the Palmer United Party, was appearing on an ABC network current affairs program when he was asked about a Chinese state-owned company he’s currently in a legal dispute with, thus initializing his rant.
“We’ll be suing them and they’ll be answering the questions,” he started.
“We’ve had three judgments in the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Western Australia and an arbitration against these Chinese mongrels – I’m saying that because they’re Communist, they shoot their own people, they haven’t got a justice system and they want to take over this country…And we’re not going to let them,” he said.
Last Tuesday, Palmer took to Twitter to clarify that he wasn’t talking about Chinese people or the Chinese government as a whole, you guys, but rather the Chinese company which he claims is “taking Australian resources and not paying”.
The tycoon formerly apologized for the whole slew of statements on Monday in a groveling letter addressed to China’s ambassador to Australia.
“I regret any hurt or anguish such comments may have caused any party and I look forward to greater understanding for peace and cooperation in future,” he wrote.
“I now come to the realization that 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.”
He further went on to talk about his involvement with China and rounded the whole thing off with some obligatory Mao Zedong name-dropping. Read here if you please.