August 10, 2020

Xi or Tsai? Taiwan opposition jumps on US envoy’s ‘vocal slip’

Taipei (AFP) – Taiwan’s opposition party demanded a clarification Monday after a US envoy who is visiting appeared to mispronounce the name of the island’s president for her arch rival in China. Health chief Alex Azar met with President Tsai Ing-wen earlier Monday in the highest level visit to Taiwan since the United States switched diplomatic recognition to China.In his opening statement he fluffed the name of President Tsai — pronounced “ts-eye” — and instead said something closer to “shee”.That sounded uncomfortably close to the pronunciation of Xi Jinping, the president of China, a count…


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