Taiwan gaffe spurs apology from the US

Taiwan gaffe spurs apology from the US

Chinese President Xi met his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump after the closing ceremony of the G20 Hamburg Summit, holding talks on economic plans and the upcoming meeting between the countries' military officials.

Xi is the president of the People's Republic of China, while the Republic of China is the official name of Taiwan, which Beijing considers a breakaway province awaiting reunification. "But there will be success in the end one way or the other", Trump said.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China asked the United States for an explanation of the mistake, and the USA said it was a technical error.

In early December, Trump, as president-elect, first stoked controversy over the country by taking a congratulatory phone call from its president, Tsai Ing-wen. They said such errors are not conducive to health US-China relations.

There have been speculations if the White House made the mistake intentionally in light of Trump's previous remarks on Taiwan and his initial hesitation to abide by the "One China" policy, Beijing's state-run newspaper the Global Times noted.

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.




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

In a separate incident, a White House press readout labelled Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as the president of the Far East country.

While Xi said after his Saturday meeting with Trump that Beijing would "like to work with the USA", he last week described the relationship as afflicted by "negative factors". The correct anthem was used.

In December, Mr Trump, as president-elect, accepted a telephone call from President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, which broke with decades of U.S. precedent and was considered a snub for Beijing.

Nearly six months into office, Trump has yet to fill thousands of government positions.

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