US apologised for mistakenly calling Xi Jinping as leader of Taiwan during G20 Summit: Chinese officials

Beijing: The US has apologised to China for mistakenly describing President Xi Jinping as the leader of Taiwan in a statement issued by Washington, a top Chinese official said on Monday.

File image of US president Donald Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping. AP

File image of US president Donald Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping. AP

In a statement issued after Xi and US president Donald Trump met in Germany on the side-lines of G20, the White House press office described Xi as the president of the Republic of China, the formal name for Taiwan. China, led by Xi, is officially called the People's Republic of China (PRC).

Reacting strongly to the statement issued by the US after Xi and President Donald Trump met in Germany on the sidelines of the G20, China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing in Beijing that the Chinese side has "lodged a solemn representation with the US".

"The US said sorry for the technical error and they made the correction," he said when asked about the faux pas by Washington.

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

Updated Date: Jul 10, 2017 18:28 PM

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