Plain-talking Palmer finds friends on Weibo

Clive Palmer's initial comments about China garnered extraordinary support on social media site Weibo, but his astonishing about-face has hung these internet users out to dry.

It took a week, but Clive Palmer has finally swallowed his pride and apologised for his outburst on the ABC’s Q&A program in which he referred to Chinese “bastards” and “mongrels”.

"I regret any hurt or anguish such comments may have caused any party and I look forward to greater understanding for peace and cooperation in the future," he wrote in a letter to China's ambassador, Ma Zhaoxu.

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