Aug 25, 2014

Palmer’s China comments could scupper trade deal

The Abbott government was close to negotiating a free trade agreement with China. That is, until Clive Palmer got involved.

Michael Sainsbury — Freelance correspondent in Asia and <em>Little Red Blog</em> Editor

Michael Sainsbury

Freelance correspondent in Asia and Little Red Blog Editor

Clive Palmer’s anti-Chinese government comments last week — they are “bastards” and “mongrels” — could not have come at a worse time for Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Trade Minister Andrew Robb.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is preparing to bring more than 400 people — the largest business and political delegation from the country ever to set foot in Australia — to our shores to coincide with the G20 summit in Brisbane. At the same time the Australian government desperately wants to finalise a free trade agreement with China that has been in discussions for nine years.

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10 thoughts on “Palmer’s China comments could scupper trade deal

  1. Kevin Herbert

    The proposition that China’s economic planning could be undermined by an unrepresentative boofhead Australian Senator, is preposterous.

  2. Venise Alstergren

    Your critique of Clive Palmer may be correct. However, and IMHO, anyone or anything which kicks Tony Abbott in the cods is worth their weight in gold-and, believe me, that is quite a weight.

  3. Bill Hilliger

    Palmer’s (and so too BARNEY JOYCE remember Cubby Station?) raising the subject of Chinese ownership of Australian assets … will make it more difficult to sell an FTA that gives more away to China.” Well from experience, if there is money to be had Palmer nor Barney would make any difference. Money is all prevailing.

    Don’t forget rAbbott of Team Australia was singularly responsible for facilitating a $1 billion Russian boycott on Australian primary produce.

  4. Jaybuoy

    the Chinese do want turnkey projects fully integrated with Chinese workers.. its not much different to our current 457 regime.. maybe we could be like the Congo and get some bridges and roads as payola..

  5. Horowitz

    Kevin, Clive isn’t a senator, but an MHR.

  6. Luke Hellboy

    The coalition’s dog whistles have brought their xenophobic chickens home to roost. Maybe the govt can highlight China’s suppression of their Muslim population as a sign that they’re on ‘Team Australia’.

  7. klewso

    Whether or not his spray is the reason (if they do fall through), on the bRight side, it does give Abbott and Murdoch someone else to blame.

  8. MJPC

    Bill and Kevin, I agree. Whatever China does will be in their interest, despite the ravings of Clive Palmer or anyone else.
    One would have thought the baseing of US forces in the NT would have had a greater effect on any Chinese decision than a spot by Clive on Q&A, but not so much as a peep from the Murdochracy on this issue.
    I am certain the Chinese leadershiup have the measure of Palmer and see him as many Australian’s do…somewhat of a buffoon (what is that in chinese?).
    Once again, a media storm in a cup of green tea perhaps?

  9. Mike Smith

    If the FTA has been 9 years ‘in the making’ another few won’t matter, surely?

  10. Kevin Herbert


    of course you’re right…I should have posted “…who controls the Australian Senate…..”

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