'Terrible mistake' - Hunt misidentifies wife as Japanese rather than Chinese

British Foreign Secretary makes ‘Japanese wife’ gaffe in China

British Foreign Secretary makes ‘Japanese wife’ gaffe in China

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"That's a awful mistake to make", he told the Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi.

At the beginning of their meeting, Hunt sparked laughter when he misidentified his Chinese-born wife as being Japanese.

Other topics on the table are expected to be "the importance of multilateralism and free trade and ways the United Kingdom and China can work together on global challenges such as climate change, development, security and non-proliferation and enforcing UN sanctions on North Korea", his office said ahead of the trip.

The Foreign Secretary was hoping to use the visit to boost trade links and address sensitive issues including the human rights situation in Hong Kong.

Asked if Theresa May was anxious about her Foreign Secretary's confusion over China and Japan, the Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "No, I think he is very clear on that".

Wang said that the fault for the current trade imbalance lied with the US, pointing to its high levels of consumption, low savings rates and the global dominance of the dollar, Reuters reported.

Washington has since threatened to set tariffs on an additional $450 billion worth of Chinese goods, and no formal negotiations between the two countries have taken place since early June. "We do not welcome nor do we accept other countries to interfere in China's domestic affairs".

At a press conference with counterpart Wang Yi, Mr Hunt was asked about the situation in Hong Kong, which the United Kingdom handed back to China in 1997.

"China's door of dialogue and negotiation remains open, but any dialogue must be based on equality, mutual respect and rules".

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