August 19, 2014
Outspoken: Clive Palmer. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Clive Palmer has delivered an extraordinary tirade against Australia's biggest trading partner, describing the Chinese government as "mongrels" who shoot their own people.
In a broad spray on national television, the maverick MP accused the "communist Chinese government" of trying to take over Australia's ports to steal the nation's natural resources.
"I don't mind standing up against the Chinese bastards and stopping them from doing it," he told ABC's Q&A program on Monday.
The Palmer United Party leader is embroiled in a legal battle with Chinese state-owned company CITIC Pacific, which has accused the mining magnate of siphoning off $12 million in funds.
Mr Palmer has strenuously denied accusations his company Mineralogy misused CITIC Pacific's cash to finance PUP's federal election campaign.
He said the matter was before the Supreme Court this week and he'd keep up the fight against the "Chinese mongrels".
"I'm saying that because they're communist, because they shoot their own people, they haven't got a justice system and they want to take over this country," he said.
"We're not going to let them do it."
A number of Mr Palmer's political opponents have in the past accused the outspoken Queensland MP of jeopardising Australia's relations with China.
China is Australia's largest trading partner, with two-way trade hitting nearly $151 billion in 2013.