Palmer backpedals on Q&A comments

Clive Palmer has apologised to the Chinese people for comments made on last week’s Q&A program.

In a letter to the Chinese Ambassador to Australia, the Queensland member for Fairfax expressed his regret for “any hurt or anguish caused by such comments.”

Palmer referred to the “Chinese” as “mongrels” and “bastards”, after he was pressured to answer questions about a legal matter by ABC presenter Tony Jones.

The MP also claimed the Chinese were attempting to control Australia's ports in order to avoid paying for iron ore.

“In keeping an open mind, I now come to the realisation that what I said on Q&A was an insult to the Chinese people everywhere and I wish to assure them they have my most genuine and sincere apology,” he said.

Palmer said he had a “long involvement” with China, since his first visit in 1962, during the rule of Chairman Mao Tse Dong.

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