Australia's Trade Minister Andrew Robb
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Australia tries to charm China after MP's verbal attack

22 August 2014 Last updated at 02:13 BST

Australia is trying to prevent a trade row after one of its member of parliament (MP) launched an extraordinary attack on the Chinese government, live on national TV.

Mining magnate Clive Palmer described the Chinese as "mongrels" when asked about his legal battle with a state-owned Chinese company.

The timing couldn't be worse as Australia is currently trying to conclude a free trade agreement with Beijing.

Australia's Trade Minister Andrew Robb tells the BBC's Ali Moore what he is doing to calm the situation.

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