The United States has apologized for mistakenly describing Chinese President Xi Jinping as the leader of Taiwan, China said Monday.
Chinese scholars said the mistake shows a lack of competence in the White House that is not conducive to healthy U.S.-China relations.
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. Washington apologized and corrected the error, Geng said at a daily news briefing.
In a statement issued Saturday about a meeting in Germany between Xi and U.S. President Donald Trump, the White House press office described Xi as president of the Republic of China, the formal name for Taiwan. Communist China, led by Xi, is called the People’s Republic of China.
The issue is particularly sensitive because Beijing insists that Taiwan is part of its territory.