The China Post
Date: July 10, 2017
By: The China Post with dpa
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said Monday the U.S. had apologized for a statement
from the White House that confused the Republic of China and the People’s Republic of China.
Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China had made diplomatic representation to the U.S. and had asked for an explanation, the Associated Press reports.
“As far as I know, China has already made a representation to the U.S. side in this regard,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a briefing, according to Sputnik News.
“They apologized for this technical error and made the corresponding correction,” he added.
The White House made the faux pas on Saturday.
U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, with the White House issuing a transcript of Trump’s comments after they appeared together.
But the document sent to reporters referred to Xi as president of the “Republic of China,” which refers to Taiwan, while China is officially known as the “People’s Republic of China.”
There’s also been grumbling from Chinese scholars about the mix-up. Fox News quoted Renmin University professor Shi Yinhong as saying that the mistake was indicative of how the White House was being run under Trump that it was not conducive to Chinese-U.S. relations. [FULL STORY]