Xi Jinping Urges Trump to Maintain Steady Links for World Peace

Xi Jinping Urges Trump to Maintain Steady Links for World Peace

Xi Jinping Urges Trump to Maintain Steady Links for World Peace

China said Monday that the US has apologized after Beijing officially protested a White House statement incorrectly calling Xi Jinping the president of the "Republic of China".

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

On the other hand, US President Donald Trump praised the "wonderful relationships" with Xi Jinping and expressed his confidence in the successfully common handling problems alongside China. Xi leads the People's Republic of China, founded in 1949 after the Republic of China forces fled to the island of Taiwan during a bloody civil war. Tsai Ing-wen is the strongest woman politician in the region. China considers the island a province and has made recognition of the policy the foundation for diplomatic ties with the USA and other countries.

Taiwan is a sensitive issue for China as it considers it as part of the mainland under its One-China policy.

America remains Taiwan's most powerful ally despite having no official relations with Taipei for decades.

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"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 global relations at the Renmin University of China.

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

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".

Then last month, the United States administration further provoked the ire of Beijing when it approved $1.3 billion worth of arms sales to the self-ruling island.

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". His White House staff, in particular, has been faulted for poor organisation.

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