China name blunder draws jokes

Central Station | 15 Sep 2021

The Chief Executive's Office has apologized after a screen display at a press conference hosted by Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor yesterday made a faux pas over China's name.

Lam talked about the National Games at the press conference yesterday morning, with a backdrop saying "The 14th National Games of the People's Republic of China" and the slogan "Enjoy the Games, Cheer for Friendship."

The English spelling was correct, but there was a typo in the Chinese name. To translate it roughly, the wrong name written in Chinese was "China, People's Republic of China."

The CE office apologized and said it won't happen again. The typo caught the attention of netizens. Many joked Lam "violated the national security law" or even committed "subversion" by spelling China's full name wrongly.

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