‘What a bunch of amateurs’: diplomatic gaffe in official statement from Trump administration leaves China experts incredulous as leaders meet at G20

Donald Trump hailed his “wonderful relationship” with Xi Jinping during talks at the G20 – although his felicitations were undermined when the White House mistakenly referred to the Communist party chief as the president of Taiwan.

Trump and the Chinese president met for more than 90 minutes in Hamburg on Saturday afternoon with North Korea’s nuclear programme and trade dominating the agenda.

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