US apologises for mistake over China’s official name

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Beijing, July 11 (IANS) The US has apologised for misrepresenting China’s official name in a statement, Beijing’s Foreign Ministry said.

On July 8, the White House said the “Republic of China”, instead of the “People’s Republic of China” in the statement after Chinese President Xi Jinping met with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, reports the Global Times.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a Monday press conference that the US admitted that it had made a technical error and had fixed it.

“The Republic of China” is a name that was claimed by the Kuomingtang government from 1912 to 1949 when the Kuomintang was defeated by the Communist Party of China and retreated to Taiwan. There are also speculations as to whether the White House intentionally made the mistake in the light of the US President’s previous remarks on Taiwan.

Also on July 8, the White House incorrectly identified Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as “President Abe of Japan” in a news release after Trump’s meeting with the Japanese leader.

The White House also misspelled UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s name as “Teresa May” three times in an official schedule of her visit to the US in January.

Teresa May is the name of a UK model and porn actress.

–IANS

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