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12 July 2017, 12:43 | Lucy Hill
White House 'appoints' China's Xi President of Taiwan, Abe President of Japan in press release gaffe
Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged his United States counterpart, Donald Trump, to strengthen relations in the interests of stability and prosperity of both nations and the global community, the official press reported today.
Geng Shuang, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, reported that when Beijing requested an explanation for the diplomatic faux pas, a Trump administration official referred to it as a technical error.
Of course, Xi is, in fact, the President of the People's Republic of China, while the Republic of China is what the government of Taiwan calls itself - a rather important distinction that generally United States officials have been well aware of in the past. Mr Xi is the president of the People's Republic of China. Tsai Ing-wen is the strongest woman politician in the region.
"It is basic knowledge for those working in diplomacy, yet this isolated incident shows how incompetent the White House staff are, how casual they are, and how poorly coordinated they are", observed Shi Yinhong, a professor of worldwide relations at the Renmin University of China.
Ties between China and the USA have suffered because of the American relationship with Taiwan, particularly after President Trump spoke on the phone with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in a break from protocol shortly after his election to the White House.
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"It will only make the Chinese people look down upon the American government for it to make such a low-level mistake".
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