Clive Palmer steps up attack on Chinese 'gangsters'
A FIRED-up Clive Palmer has repeated his harsh criticism of the Chinese Government, saying the communist country is run by gangsters who use murder to suppress dissent.
The Palmer United Party leader and Member for Fairfax used the ABC's Q&A program to launch an astonishing attack on the leadership of Australia's largest trading partner.
Speaking to the Sunshine Coast Daily, he made clear the attack was not directed at the Chinese people.
"What I have said is no reflection on the Chinese people,'' he said. "They have a communist government. I feel sorry for the people.
"They have no elections, no free press and the country is run by gangsters.
"No one suffers more than the Chinese people."
Mr Palmer has again accused the Chinese Government-controlled Citic Pacific of attempting to flood the Pilbara mining region of Western Australia with Chinese workers who would, he said, take Australian jobs and change Australian work standards.
He accused the Australian Government of complicity, saying it was also trying to attack those standards.
Mr Palmer is suing Citic Pacific for $600 million and has already obtained, he says, three judgments against that company.
"I'm asking Citic to meet its obligations under the contract,'' Mr Palmer said.
"It is shipping iron ore out without paying money for it.
"These are $10 billion projects. They have already spent $35 million delaying us.
"In China you would have one day to resolve a dispute and a judge would be directed to rule against us.
"There is no democracy. Just look at the Falun Gong.
"They are arrested and shot with no trial, with the bullets (that killed them) sent to their families to pay for, just because they want to exercise in the morning."
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Mr Palmer said if allowed, the Chinese Government would continue to rape Australia and not pay for its resources.
"It is exercising sovereignty without fighting a war,'' he said. "It has been involved in the theft of hundreds of millions of dollars stolen from Australia. It has happened to others (companies). They do deals then use their muscle to bankrupt companies.
"With a state-owned company with the assets of China behind it, it is hard to survive. They are not subject to normal investment rules. Politicians, funded by lobbyists and others are letting it happen."