US White House mistakes Xi Jinping as Taiwan’s president

The released transcript mislabeled the leader of People’s Republic of China as the president of Republic of China (Taiwan).

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/07/09
By: Teng Pei-ju, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Shortly after the U.S. President Donald Trump and the

FILE – In this April 6, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping sit as they pose for photographers before a meeting at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla. Following his meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, U.S. President Donald Trump stepped on a historical land mine when he told the Wall Street Journal that “Korea actually used to be a part of China.” (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

leader of China, Xi Jinping, held a meeting at the Group of 20 summit Saturday, the White House issued a transcript of Trump’s statement, in which Xi was mislabeled as the president of the ROC, reports said.

The president of Republic of China is the official title of Taiwan, but Xi is actually the president of People’s Republic of China.


The gaffe soon caught the attention of the U.S. media.

“On the surface, this may seem to be just a minor oversight, but considering Trumps’ previous wavering on the one-China policy long held by Washington, this could be taken as an offense by Beijing,’ said Washington Post reporters.

The meeting between Trump and Xi took place in Hamburg and spanned 90 minutes, with the threats of North Korea’s nuclear program and bilateral trades between the two countries being on the agenda, reports said.    [FULL  STORY]

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