China : US apologised for mistakenly calling Xi Jinping leader of Taiwan

Brandon Parsons
July 12, 2017

China said Monday that the US has apologized after Beijing officially protested a White House statement incorrectly calling Xi Jinping the president of the "Republic of China". Communist China, led by Xi, is called the People's Republic of China.

Trump appears to have gone beyond "toning down" his criticism of China.

While no note was made about the correction in the transcript, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular press conference in Beijing on Monday that the USA had admitted to China that it had made a "technical error and had fixed it" after Beijing asked for an explanation.

Mr Mao's vanquished opponents fled to Taiwan and maintained the claim over all of China, referring to themselves as the Republic of China and keeping a United Nations seat under that name until 1971. Trump later cast doubt on Washington's long-standing policy of acknowledging Beijing's "One China" policy, which asserts that Taiwan is a part of China.

At a meeting in Hamburg on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, both leaders debated on the state of their links and also on sensitive issues regarding the present world situation.

The United States has apologised for mistakenly describing Chinese President Xi Jinping as the leader of Taiwan, China said Monday.

These blunders were not the first time the White House misspelt or misidentified Trump's contemporaries.

The gaffe has gone largely unreported in China because the local media have no motivation to mock Trump, Shi said.

On Saturday, according to the White House's transcript, Trump told Xi: "It's an honor to have you as a friend", and called China a "great trading partner".

New York-based outlet Newsweek likewise noted that Trump had toned down his recent tough talk on China as he went into the meeting, and Bloomberg went so far as to say that Trump and Xi brushed aside issues with North Korea in their meeting, which Trump later said had been "excellent".

Trump has come under fire for failing to fill thousands of slots in his administration, with his White House staff, in particular, being faulted for poor organizational skills.

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