Xi Jinping Urges Trump to Maintain Steady Links for World Peace

Pic Reuters

Pic Reuters

In a statement issued Saturday about a meeting in Germany between Xi and US President Donald Trump, the White House press office described Xi as president of the Republic of China, the formal name for Taiwan.

"According to my understanding, the Chinese side has already raised this with the United States side", Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said during a daily press briefing.

Following that high-level talk, the White House blasted out a transcript of Trump's public remarks preceding the meeting, a document that called Xi "President Xi of the Republic of China".

Mr Xi's real title is president of the People's Republic of China, the one-party Communist state set up after Mao Zedong's victory in the Chinese civil war in 1949.

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.

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

Trump appears to have gone beyond "toning down" his criticism of China.

Congress confirms Rahul Gandhi meeting with Chinese ambassador
Bhutan claims the territory as ts own and along with India, has objected to China constructing a road in the region. Apart from Chinese envoy, Rahul Gandhi has also met Bhutanese envoy and ex-NSA Shiv Shankar Menon.

At a meeting in Hamburg on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, both leaders debated on the state of their links and also on sensitive issues regarding the present world situation.

Following the 1945 establishment of the island nation as separate from mainland China, Beijing has referred to Taiwan as a Chinese territory, a claim consistently refuted by Taipei, a longtime USA military and economic ally.

This is not the first time that Trump has blundered into the extremely sensitive question of Taiwan's sovereignty. And another White House statement called the prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, "President Abe of Japan".

During his meeting with Trump, Xi noted that the two sides are discussing a one-year cooperation plan, and that the 100-day economic cooperation action plan initiated after the meeting with Trump at Mar-a-Largo in April has made new progress.

As if the diplomatic relation between the two superpowers is not frail enough.

Trump has come under fire for failing to fill thousands of slots in his administration, with his White House staff, in particular, being faulted for poor organizational skills.

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