China: US Has Apologized for 'Republic of China' Error

Posted July 12, 2017

Chinese scholars say the White House staff revealed its incompetence and lack of depth in confusing the name of the country Chinese President Xi Jinping leads.

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 U.S. had admitted to China that it had made a "technical error and had fixed it" after Beijing asked for an explanation. The official name of Xi's presidency is the People's Republic of China, something which the White House failed to take note.

China and the United States are negotiating on a new one-year economic cooperation plan after remarkable progress was made during the "100-day plan", president Xi Jinping said on Saturday. Tsai Ing-wen is the strongest woman politician in the region. Though Trump defended the call at the time, he later told Xi he would honor the "one China" policy and not recognize Taiwan's status as a sovereign nation.

The Trump administration has made new arms sales to Taiwan, imposed sanctions on two Chinese citizens and a shipping company and put China on a global human trafficking list. China considers the island a province and has made recognition of the policy the foundation for diplomatic ties with the US and other countries.

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Renmin University worldwide relations expert Shi Yinhong said Monday the gaffe is indicative of how the White House operates under Trump and is not conducive to China-U.S. relations.

Trump first ruffled feathers in Beijing after his November election victory, when the president-elect accepted a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, despite the United States having broken off relations with the island in 1979.

"It will only make the Chinese people look down upon the American government for it to make such a low-level mistake".

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.

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

But Xi's title was not Washington's only flub last week: a separate news release called Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe "President Abe of Japan".

After acknowledging that both nations had made progress for bilateral cooperation in many fields since the Mar-a-Lago meeting last April, despite some sensitive issues, Xi Jinping called for joint efforts with Donald Trump to keep bilateral ties in place and focus on worldwide matters. His White House staff, in particular, has been faulted for poor organisation.

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