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Australian MP issues apology

By Xinhua
Australian MP issues apology
In this file photo taken on Oct 10, 2013 Australian mining billionaire and leader of the Palmer United Party (PUP) Clive Palmer speaks during a press conference in Sydney. (Photo / AFP)

SYDNEY - Australian politician Clive Palmer on Tuesday apologized to the Chinese embassy in Canberra for describing the Chinese government in uncharitable terms 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."

After receiving Palmer's apology, Chinese ambassador Ma Zhaoxu emphasized that any remarks attacking or slandering China would not gain popular support and were doomed to fail.

"The healthy and stable relationship between China and Australia is in the fundamental interests of the people of the two countries, and cannot be hindered by any individual," he said.

The Chinese government had expressed its strong indignation and severely condemed Palmer's utterances.

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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