Huang Xiangmo: China billionaire mocks 'giant baby' Australia
A Chinese billionaire and political donor has dubbed Australia a "giant baby" after he lost residency rights.
It is an "objective fact" that the country has a baby's "innate characteristics", Huang Xiangmo told state tabloid Global Times.
The property developer has lived in Sydney since 2011 and has donated millions to major political parties.
But he was stranded overseas when the government rejected his citizenship bid and cancelled his permanent residency.
The Sydney Morning Herald first reported the visa denial earlier this month, describing Mr Huang as "Beijing's former top lobbyist in Australia".
He reportedly has links with the Chinese Communist Party, and Australia's national security agency has warned politicians not to accept money from him.
It comes amid a row over Chinese influence in Australia which has strained relations between the two nations.
Mr Huang attacked his adopted country in his interview with the Global Times, a newspaper known for its strident, nationalist tone.
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Asked what he thought was behind the tense relations in recent years, the billionaire said: "The history of Australia has determined the innate characteristics of a giant baby."
"This is an objective fact and it does not mean Australia has to feel inferior," he said. "The growth of a giant baby takes time, and Australia still has a long way to go."
Mr Huang said he moved to the country for its "beautiful scenery and simple folk customs" and accused some Australian media outlets of smearing him.
He has reportedly donated about A$2.7 million ($1.91m; £1.49m) to both major parties. Mr Huang said these donations came from his desire to "promote Chinese people's legal involvement in politics".
He was linked with Sam Dastyari, a Labor party politician who resigned in 2017 after making pro-Beijing remarks over the South China Sea dispute.
Mr Dastyari reportedly told Mr Huang he may be under surveillance – something the senator denies.